Thursday afternoon, former Texas governor Rick Perry was confirmed as the new energy secretary in a 62 to 37 vote.
Perry served as the governor of Texas from December 2000 to January 2015, where he oversaw many types of energy production, including shale drilling and wind power.
His confirmation has been held up for weeks since President Trump announced his nomination.
The energy department has a budget of $30 billion and 14,400 staff members.
The actual senate confirmation came after only three hours of debate Thursday. Ten Democrats and one Independent joined Republicans to approve Perry.
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