Former Bush Energy Secretary Sam Bodman dies
© Getty

Former Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman, who served under former President George W. Bush, has died at the age of 79.

Bush issued a statement Friday mourning the death of Bodman, who served in several roles during his administration before leading the Energy Department in Bush's second term, from 2005 to 2009.

"Sam had a brilliant mind, and we are fortunate that he put his intellect to work for our country as secretary of energy," Bush said in a statement reported by The Associated Press.

Before serving as energy chief, Bodman served in the Commerce and Treasury departments. A trained chemical engineer, he also previously served as CEO of Cabot Corporation, a Boston-based chemical company.

ADVERTISEMENT

Energy Secretary Rick PerryJames (Rick) Richard PerryHouse Dems propose billions in extra funding for environmental programs that Trump sought to cut Overnight Energy: States fight Trump rollback of Obama lightbulb rules | Greens seek hearing over proposed rule on energy efficiency tests | Top Dem asks GAO to investigate climate threat States fight Trump rollback of Obama lightbulb rules MORE praised Bodman in a statement Friday, noting the late secretary's "impact" on the department.

"I am saddened to learn of the passing of former Secretary of Energy Sam Bodman. Sam was a real life success story with an impressive career in the private sector before turning his attention to public service, serving in senior appointments across the government," the former Texas governor said.

"His legacy and impact will continue to be felt, long after the years he served in the Forrestal Building," Perry added.