WASHINGTON– U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Energy, today applauded President Trump for nominating Louisiana native Dan Brouillette as the next Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy.
Brouillette is originally from Paincourtville, La., in Assumption Parish. He is currently the Deputy Secretary of Energy and will succeed outgoing Secretary Rick Perry, pending confirmation in the Senate. He has served as Perry’s No. 2 since August 2017. He was also previously an assistant secretary under President George W. Bush.
“Dan Brouillette understands the relationship between energy policy and the overall economy. Louisiana workers depend on thought-through energy policy,” said Dr. Cassidy. “Mr. Brouillette’s experience will serve the country well as the United States pursues energy dominance and energy employment.”
Brouillette has deep ties to Louisiana and its energy sector. He was chief of staff to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce under former U.S. Rep. Billy Tauzin (R-LA). He has also served as a member of Louisiana’s State Mineral and Energy Board.
Brouillette is a U.S. Army veteran. He also previously worked as a vice president at Ford Motor Company and as the head of public policy and senior vice president at United Services Automobile Association (USAA).
President Trump tweeted about Brouillette last week saying:
“…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!”