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Senate Confirms Energy’s No. 2 Official to Replace Rick Perry

Dec. 2, 2019, 11:11 PM

The Senate voted Monday to confirm Dan Brouillette to lead the Department of Energy, putting in place a former lobbyist before the agency to replace Rick Perry.

Brouillette, who backed Perry’s efforts to help unprofitable coal and nuclear plants, is no stranger to the Energy Department, having served as Perry’s No. 2 official as well as working there during the George W. Bush administration. He was confirmed by a vote of 70 to 15.

Perry had been grooming Brouillette, 57, to succeed him for months while planning his own departure. In recent months, Brouillette has more frequently served as the...

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