Energy Secretary Rick Perry is designated survivor for 2019 State of the Union

Energy Secretary Rick Perry is designated survivor for 2019 State of the Union
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Energy Secretary Rick PerryJames (Rick) Richard PerryOvernight Energy: Mueller report reveals Russian efforts to sow division over coal jobs | NYC passes sweeping climate bill likened to 'Green New Deal' | EPA official says agency may ban asbestos | Energy Dept. denies Perry planning exit The Hill's 12:30 Report: Inside the Mueller report The very early, boring Democratic primary: Biden v. Bernie MORE will be the designated survivor for Tuesday night’s State of the Union address.

Perry has served in Trump's Cabinet since the start of his administration. The secretary of Energy is 12th in the presidential line of succession.

A Cabinet official is selected each year to remain at an undisclosed location during the State of the Union as a precaution in the event of a catastrophic incident at the Capitol. 

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Agriculture Secretary Sonny PerdueGeorge (Sonny) Ervin PerdueTrump's Fed pick on critics: 'They're pulling a Kavanaugh against me' Amazon, Walmart to offer grocery delivery for food stamp recipients States sue Trump admin over changes to school lunch standards MORE served as the designated survivor during last year’s State of the Union, and former Veterans Affairs Secretary David ShulkinDavid Jonathon ShulkinTrump sent policy pitch from Mar-a-Lago member to VA secretary: report Is a presidential appointment worth the risk? It’s time to end the scare tactics and get to work for our veterans MORE filled the role during President TrumpDonald John TrumpForget the spin: Five unrefuted Mueller Report revelations Lara Trump: Merkel admitting migrants 'one of the worst things that ever happened to Germany' Financial satisfaction hits record high: survey MORE’s 2017 address to a joint session of Congress.

Perry tweeted earlier Tuesday night that he held a meeting with acting Defense Secretary Patrick ShanahanPatrick Michael ShanahanPentagon watchdog clears acting Defense chief in ethics probe Overnight Defense: Trump claims border incident tied to drug smuggling | Threatens to send more armed troops | Claims contradict military's reports | Afghan war watchdog laments 'needless' classification Watchdog: Info on US progress in Afghanistan needlessly classified MORE