Former Texas Governor Rick Perry is officially the new United States Secretary of Energy.
The United States Senate confirmed Perry as the new Energy Secretary today, by a vote of 62-37. Perry's nomination received the support of all voting Republicans in the Senate. All 37 votes against Perry's nomination came from Senate Democrats.
Perry's confirmation was not the only cabinet vote taking during today's legislative proceedings. Senators voted to confirm Dr. Ben Carson as the new Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, by a vote of 58-41.