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President Donald Trump on Friday announced he would nominate Deputy Secretary Dan Brouillette to be the next secretary of the Department of Energy, following the departure of Rick Perry.

“I want to thank Secretary of Energy Rick Perry for the outstanding job he has done. He will be leaving at the end of the year to pursue other interests. Rick was a great Governor of Texas and a great Secretary of Energy,” Trump tweeted on Friday. “He is also my friend! At the same time, I am pleased to nominate Deputy Secretary Dan Brouillette to be the new Secretary of Energy. Dan’s experience in the sector is unparalleled. A total professional, I have no doubt that Dan will do a great job!”

There was mounting speculation that Perry, one of the longest serving members of Trump’s cabinet, would be leaving the administration. The Texas Republican reportedly handed in his resignation on Friday, and is now expected to serve for the remainder of 2019.

Perry, the former Republican governor of Texas, is leaving the Trump administration while he’s become more engulfed if the president’s Ukraine scandal.

The Democrat-controlled House Intelligence, Foreign Affairs and Oversight committees earlier this month subpoenaed Perry to provide documents related to the president’s impeachment inquiry. Democratic lawmakers are looking for evidence of Perry’s potential involvement in the administration’s efforts to push Ukraine into investigating former Vice President Joe Biden.

House Democrats want to know if Perry withheld military aid to the Eastern European country during that period of time.

“Recently, public reports have raised questions about any role you may have played in conveying or reinforcing the President’s stark message to the Ukrainian President,” Reps. Adam Schiff of California and Elijah Cummings of Maryland wrote in a letter to the Energy secretary. (RELATED: Here’s How The DOE Responded To Another Report Suggesting Rick Perry Is Preparing To Step Down)

In Perry’s place will be Dan Brouillette, who has served as the deputy secretary of the department since August 2017. A Louisiana native, Brouillette boasts a long resume in energy circles. He served as the Assistant Secretary of Energy for Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs under the George W. Bush administration, and was a longtime congressional staffer.

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