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 PerryRick PerryLev Parnas implicates Rick Perry, says Giuliani had him pressure Ukraine to announce Biden probe Energy Department agrees to begin releasing Ukraine-related records Trump indicates he'd block Bolton's testimony 'for the sake of the office' 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 PerdueCities, states sue over planned Trump cuts to food stamps Trump admin grants Santa and reindeer permit to fly into US for Christmas The White House crusade to kill food assistance MORE served as the designated survivor during last year’s State of the Union, and former Veterans Affairs Secretary David ShulkinDavid Jonathon ShulkinFormer Trump VA secretary says staffer found plans to replace him in department copier VA under pressure to ease medical marijuana rules Press: Acosta, latest to walk the plank MORE filled the role during President TrumpDonald John TrumpLev Parnas implicates Rick Perry, says Giuliani had him pressure Ukraine to announce Biden probe Saudi Arabia paid 0 million for cost of US troops in area Parnas claims ex-Trump attorney visited him in jail, asked him to sacrifice himself for president 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 ShanahanEsper's chief of staff to depart at end of January Defense chief calls on European allies to be wary of China's investments, blasts Russia Pentagon chief approves 20 more miles of border wall MORE