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Rick Perry is now Trump’s energy guy

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry smiles Monday as he leaves Trump Tower in New York. President-elect Donald Trump selected Perry to be energy secretary.
Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry smiles Monday as he leaves Trump Tower in New York. President-elect Donald Trump selected Perry to be energy secretary. The Associated Press

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry has landed another full-time government job. If all goes well during the confirmation process — no reason to think it won’t — he’ll be President-elect Donald Trump’s energy secretary.

The fact that Trump picked Perry on Wednesday probably means the most awkward part of the process is past — the part where the two reconciled their presidential campaign rivalry. Perry had said many unflattering things about Trump, including calling him a “cancer.”

Perry has Texas-size experience with energy, mostly the oil and gas industry that thrived in this state during his 14 years as governor.

It’s not like Perry single-handedly brought about the industry’s success. But it’s not like he just happened to be in the right office at the right time, either.

By the time Perry left the Governor’s Mansion early last year, he had virtually remade Texas government in his image by appointing thousands of people to state jobs.

That includes several appointments to the Railroad Commission, which regulates the oil and gas industry in Texas.

He also signed thousands of bills into law, including tax breaks for oil and gas drilling and wind energy production.

Perry has a lot to learn in his new job — particularly his role in charge of the nation’s nuclear arsenal. But he has shown himself to be up to large tasks.

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