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 PerryThe Hill's 12:30 Report: State of the Union takeaways | Sights and sounds from the night | Virginia attorney general admits he wore blackface Energy Secretary Rick Perry is designated survivor for 2019 State of the Union Live coverage: Trump delivers State of the Union 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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