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Report: U.S. Senator Joe Manchin Once Again being Looked at to Lead National Department of Energy

By Connect-Bridgeport Staff on August 12, 2017 via Connect-Bridgeport.com

According to MetroNews,the White House and Republican officials are considering appointing U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., to lead the U.S. Department of Energy, according to Bloomberg.
 
Manchin, who is already running for re-election, was one of the finalists for the position of Energy Secretary before President Donald Trump chose former Texas Gov. Rick Perry in December 2016. Perry was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in March. Manchin voted in favor of Perry’s nomination, and introduced him before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee in January at Perry’s confirmation hearing.
 
Recent position shake-ups at the White House may open the position of Department of Energy head. Former Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly left his position at the end of July to become the White House Chief of Staff. Perry could fill the vacancy caused by Kelly’s departure, allowing the opportunity for Manchin to be nominated.
 
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