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 TrumpWarren says Republican party 'eating itself and it is discovering that the meal is poisonous' More than 75 Asian, LGBTQ groups oppose anti-Asian crime bill McConnell says he's 'great admirer' of Liz Cheney but mum on her removal MORE's administration, Bloomberg reports


Others reportedly under consideration are Democratic senators Heidi HeitkampMary (Heidi) Kathryn HeitkampEffective and profitable climate solutions are within the nation's farms and forests Bill Maher blasts removal of journalist at Teen Vogue Centrist Democrats pose major problem for progressives MORE (N.D.) and Joe ManchinJoe ManchinIs the Constitution in the way of DC statehood? Biden 'encouraged' by meeting with congressional leaders on infrastructure Joe Manchin is wrong — D.C. statehood is constitutional 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.