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Senate votes to confirm Energy's No. 2 official

Senate votes to confirm Energy's No. 2 official
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The Senate on Tuesday confirmed Mark Menezes for the No. 2 spot at the Energy Department in a 79-16 vote. 

President TrumpDonald TrumpMcCarthy says he told Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene he disagreed with her impeachment articles against Biden Biden, Trudeau agree to meet next month Trump planned to oust acting AG to overturn Georgia election results: report MORE nominated Menezes to be the department’s deputy secretary in March. He will replace Dan Brouillette, who previously held the role but was later promoted to Energy’s top job after former Secretary Rick PerryRick PerryWhite House advisers preparing to launch nonprofit to promote Trump policies: report Chip Roy fends off challenge from Wendy Davis to win reelection in Texas The Memo: Texas could deliver political earthquake MORE resigned. 

Menezes has served as undersecretary of Energy and has advised the department on policy and technology since 2017. Before joining the Trump administration, he lobbied for Berkshire Hathaway Energy, which, through subsidiaries, produces energy from sources including coal, natural gas, wind, solar, nuclear and geothermal. 

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Other former clients include Marathon Oil, ConocoPhillips, Koch Mineral Services and utility company Duke Energy.

Menezes was a relatively uncontroversial pick, as the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee advanced his nomination by voice vote. Just one senator, Catherine Cortez MastoCatherine Marie Cortez MastoSenate approves waiver for Biden's Pentagon nominee Why are millions still flowing into the presidential inauguration? Transition of power: Greatness meets infamy MORE (D-Nev.) expressed opposition to the nomination. She based her opposition on reports that the Trump administration was considering nuclear testing. 

“He has excelled as the undersecretary of Energy,” said Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairwoman Lisa Murkowksi (R-Alaska), referring to Menezes’s prior role, during a floor speech. “He’s helped to set the policy direction of the department. ... I’m also confident that Mr. Menezes will be a great second-in-command.”