Cornyn Statement on Energy Secretary Rick Perry

I issued the following statement in response to reports that Energy Secretary Rick Perry will soon leave his post:

I’m sad to learn that Secretary Rick Perry is leaving his post at the Department of Energy. For two-and-a-half years, he has advocated for American energy and innovation, prioritizing both national security and a strong economy.

As the longest-serving governor of Texas, Rick demonstrated how lower taxes and sensible regulations can grow the economy, boost energy production, and support American jobs. He established himself as a commonsense leader, and championed an all-of-the-above energy strategy. Today, thanks in part to his leadership, Texas is an energy powerhouse.

His legacy of success continued at the Department of Energy, where he led efforts to put American energy back on the map. We are restoring our energy independence, investing in efficient and reliable fuel sources, and providing energy security to our international partners. I’m confident that American energy is thriving today because of the work of Secretary Perry and the Trump Administration’s policies he championed.

Rick is a devoted statesman, proud veteran, and dear friend. I’m grateful for his decades of public service and I wish Rick and his wife Anita the very best in the next chapter of their lives.


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