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WV Senator Gives Trump’s Energy Pick a Ringing Endorsement

Donald Trump’s nominee to head up the Department of Energy, former Governor Rick Perry (R-TX), appeared before the Senate Energy Committee on Thursday and was introduced by Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV).

Manchin gave Perry a ringing endorsement, telling the committee, “The President-elect’s nominee for the secretary of energy, Governor Rick Perry, he is the longest-serving governor in history of Texas, … the 12th largest economy in the world, and is uniquely qualified to hold this position.”

“I know Rick understands how to work across the aisle in a bipartisan way to get things done,” Manchin continued.

Manchin then told the committee about how he worked with Perry to help those families displaced by Hurricane Katrina in 2005 to relocate in Texas.

“People were depending on Rick to step to the table, and he did. He took care of them, never missed a beat,” Manchin told the committee about Perry’s work during Katrina.

Manchin pointed out that Perry cultivated wind energy in Texas, which is now the nation’s largest wind energy producer, as a qualification to head up the Department of Energy.