Report: Ex-Gov. Rick Perry discussed for U.S. energy secretary


As President-Elect Donald Trump’s transition continues and Cabinet choices get closer, a name familiar to Texas stood out in a report Wednesday: Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry is being discussed as a potential candidate for energy secretary, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The irony is that the position would not exist had Perry been elected president during his presidential run in 2012. He said in a 2011 Republican debate that he wanted to eliminate the Department of Energy, When he forgot the name of the department at first, his infamous “oops” moment was born.

The Wall Street Journal attributed the possible Perry choice to “people familiar with the matter.”

Robert Grady, former adviser to George H. W. Bush and Chris Christie, and Harold Hamm, a prominent oil and gas businessman, reportedly have also been under consideration for energy secretary.

Perry’s name has also been tossed around for secretary of agriculture, along with Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller.

This report contains material from the Star-Telegram archives.

Azia Branson: 817-390-7547, @aziabranson