Report: Rick Perry on Trump’s Energy Secretary Short List

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Bloomberg’s Jennifer Jacobs and Jennifer A. Dlouhy write that Rick Perry tops president-elect Donald Trump’s short list of candidates for U.S. Secretary of Energy.

From Bloomberg:

Donald Trump has narrowed his search for energy secretary to four people, with former Texas Governor Rick Perry the leading candidate.

People familiar with the president-elect’s selection process said two Democratic senators from energy-producing states — Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Manchin of West Virginia — are also in the mix, along with Ray Washburne, a Dallas investor and former chairman of the Republican National Committee.

If Trump picks any of the four he’ll break with recent tradition of putting scientists at the top of the Energy Department. Among other things, the agency is responsible for policies on the safe handling of nuclear material and on emerging energy technologies.

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