Rick Perry top candidate for Energy secretary: report

Rick Perry top candidate for Energy secretary: report
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Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry is the leading candidate to be Energy secretary in President-elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpWHCA calls on Trump to denounce video depicting him shooting media outlets Video of fake Trump shooting members of media shown at his Miami resort: report Trump hits Fox News's Chris Wallace over Ukraine coverage MORE's administration, Bloomberg reports


Others reportedly under consideration are Democratic senators Heidi HeitkampMary (Heidi) Kathryn HeitkampThe Hill's Morning Report — Biden steadies in third debate as top tier remains the same Trump wins 60 percent approval in rural areas of key states Pence to push new NAFTA deal in visit to Iowa MORE (N.D.) and Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinThe Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by USAA — Ex-Ukraine ambassador testifies Trump pushed for her ouster GOP requests update on criminal referrals prompted by 2018 Kavanaugh probe Fallout from Kavanaugh confirmation felt in Washington one year later MORE (W.Va.).

Ray Washburne, a Dallas investor and former finance chairman of the Republican National Committee, is also being considered, according to Bloomberg, which noted Trump met with Perry and Washburne on Saturday in Baltimore.

Trump met with Heitkamp in New York last week and will meet with Manchin soon. 

Perry, when running for president in 2011, famously forgot the name of the Energy Department when listing government agencies he wanted to eliminate.