Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz are both backing President-elect Donald Trump's nomination of former Texas Governor Rick Perry to serve as the next Secretary of Energy.
Senator John Cornyn announced his support of Governor Perry, through an official press release on his website.
“I’m thrilled with the President-elect’s decision to bring a proven Texas leader like Governor Perry into his Administration.” Senator Cornyn said. “For eight years the Obama Administration has kept a boot on the necks of our energy providers, stifling their ability to grow and innovate. Under Governor Perry’s leadership, Texas showed the country how lower taxes and sensible regulations can boost energy production and create jobs. As a Texan, Governor Perry understands the importance of empowering an all-of-the-above energy strategy that encourages innovation and spurs growth from the ground up.”
Senator Cruz also announced his backing of Governor Perry's nomination, through his website.
“Gov. Perry will make a terrific Secretary of Energy.” Cruz said. “For 14 years, he led the State of Texas, and with low taxes, restrained spending, and limited regulation, Texas became one of the greatest economic powerhouses in the world. His executive experience across diverse policy areas makes him qualified to run just about any federal agency. Gov. Perry is an exceptional pick to head the Department of Energy, and after presiding over the nation's number one producer of oil and natural gas, and one of the nation's leaders in wind, solar, and nuclear energy, he understands the importance of our country's energy resources not only to our economy, but also to our national security. I am confident that Gov. Perry will be an aggressive champion for opening more lands to exploration and working to reduce our dependence on foreign energy sources. I enthusiastically support his nomination as Secretary of Energy.”