Posted on January 5, 2017
Senator Lamar Alexander meets with Energy Secretary nominee Rick Perry in his Washington, D.C., office. Alexander showed Perry the walking stick that Sam Houston left in Nashville in 1845 after traveling from Texas to Tennessee and leading Andrew Jackson’s funeral cortege.
WASHINGTON, January 5 — United States Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement after meeting this afternoon with former Texas Governor Rick Perry— President-elect Trump’s nominee to become the next Secretary of Energy:
“I’ve known and admired Rick Perry for a long time and expect him to be an excellent Energy Secretary. He understands the role of the Department of Energy in managing and modernizing our nuclear weapons which is an important part of what goes on in Oak Ridge. He knows that the future of clean energy and our brainpower advantage depend to a great extent upon research at our outstanding national laboratories, including Oak Ridge National Laboratory. I have invited him to come to Tennessee early this year and see the important work done in Oak Ridge firsthand.”
Alexander serves as the chairman of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development and is a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.