Trump nominates former Ford executive to be new U.S. energy secretary

The U.S. Department of Energy stated on Thursday that President Donald Trump had officially nominated Deputy Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette, a former vice president of Ford Motor and Louisiana state energy regulator, to lead the department.

If confirmed by the Senate, Brouillette will take the position of Rick Perry, who stated last month he would step down by the end of 2019. He is expected to continue advancing Trump’s policy of maximizing oil, gas and coal output while cutting regulations on energy facilities.

“If confirmed, I will further Secretary Perry’s legacy of promoting energy independence, innovation, and security for the American people,” Brouillette stated.

Brouillette, 57, has taken on rising responsibilities at the Energy Department in recent times as Perry indicated he would resign. He went on international trips for the department and sat in for Perry during some cabinet meetings.

Brouillette worked as a vice president at Ford from 2004 to 2006. After that, he headed public policy for the United Service Automobile Association (USAA), which provides insurance and financial services to veterans.

A native of Louisiana, Brouillette was also a member of the state’s Mineral and Energy Board from 2013 to 2016.

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