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When former Texas Gov. Rick Perry faces the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources for his confirmation hearing on Thursday, his first test could be whether he remembers the name of the agency he's been picked to head.

Rick Perry, Trump's Energy Secretary Pick, To Divest Of Multiple Holdings

Jan 11, 2017
Patrick Svitek / The Texas Tribune

Former Gov. Rick Perry, who saw a financial windfall in the private sector thanks in part to wealthy donors he cultivated while in state office, has begun to disentangle himself from assets and consulting relationships that could present a conflict of interest as U.S. energy secretary. 

Updated 7:51 a.m. ET Dec. 14 with official announcement of Perry's nomination.

It's a good thing former Texas Gov. Rick Perry once forgot he wanted to eliminate the Department of Energy, because President-elect Donald Trump is nominating him to lead the agency.

From the Texas Tribune:

President-elect Donald Trump has reportedly selected erstwhile rival and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry to serve as his energy secretary.

If confirmed, Perry will oversee American energy policy and its ramifications on the economy, environment and national security.

Perry To Meet With Trump Again Amid Energy Secretary Rumors

Dec 12, 2016
Gage Skidmore / Moritz Hager

 

Former Gov. Rick Perry is meeting with President-elect Donald Trump again as speculation picks up that he could lead the Department of Energy. 

Ryan E. Poppe / Texas Public Radio

Texas’ longest serving governor and former state agriculture commissioner Rick Perry has announced he has been contacted by Donald Trump’s presidential transition team for a possible role in the administration.  

Perry on Twitter made the announcement saying that he had been contacted by the Trump transition team Wednesday morning.  Perry did not reference what role he was contacted for but did say, “Just got the call from Trump team, saddle up and ride.”  But Gene Hall with the Texas Farm Bureau says Perry would make a great addition as Trump agriculture secretary.

Rick Perry Joining New Season of "Dancing With the Stars"

Aug 30, 2016

Does Rick Perry Still Carry Clout in Texas?

May 23, 2016
The Texas Tribune

Editor's note: This story has been updated to include Rick Perry's endorsement of Texas GOP Chairman Tom Mechler and U.S. Rep. Kevin Brady.

There's the Austin ophthalmologist responsible for his trademark glasses. The former Texas Tech official who wants to represent his parents in Congress. The former police chief of Dalworthington Gardens.

Meet Rick Perry's class of 2016.

Ryan Poppe / Texas Public Radio

Former Governor Rick Perry was the first to drop out of the race for President, but he's still open to playing a role in the White House.

 When asked Friday whether or not he would serve as Trump’s running mate, Perry said he would be open to serving in any role that is asked of him, including as a running mate.

 “In the myriad of areas of which I have served in the State of Texas as it’s governor, that is a set of experiences that will serve this country and if Donald Trump says ‘Perry let’s talk about you serving in this role’, I’m open to it," Perry said.

State Capitol Preservation Board

Visitors at the state capitol can now view another familiar face staring back them.  The state Preservation Board unveiled former Gov. Rick Perry’s capitol portrait Friday.

 One of the big questions had been whether the portrait would feature Perry with or without glasses, a style change that Perry made before his second run for president. 

It features him without glasses.  Perry joked about the matter.

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