Perry's nomination was never in serious doubt, although a majority of Senate Democrats voted against his nomination as a show of disapproval to Trump's agenda during his first month in office.
The statement said Alexander met with Perry on January 5.
After a 62-37 Senate vote Thursday, Perry will now be in charge of the largest funder of physics research in the country and head an agency that is focused on climate research data, but he doesn't recognize climate science findings.
Perry ran for president in 2012 and 2016, and once advocated for the complete elimination of the Department of Energy that he now leads.
Rick Perry is now in charge of the very department he couldn't even remember: the U.S. Department of Energy.
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"Rick Perry has earned his reputation as a hard worker and legislator who's not afraid to make the hard choices for the right reasons", Duncan said, in a Tech System news release.
Ben Carson was also sworn-in on Thursday to serve as the new secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. "The question is how do we address it in a thoughtful way that doesn't compromise economic growth, the affordability of energy or American jobs".
"Perry would join the ranks of other unqualified candidates chosen by this president to lead critically important agencies with very specific and complex functions", said senator Patty Murray, during the vote. However, during his confirmation hearing, Perry said he believed that both natural and man-made activity were contributing to climate change. "The state became not just an oil-and-gas powerhouse but the top wind-producing state".
Trump officially picked Perry for the post in December. He also recognizes North Dakota's prominent role in providing our nation with affordable energy, which is why I've invited him to our state.