Energy Secretary Rick Perry Chosen As Designated Survivor For SOTU

The Associated Press

Energy Secretary Rick Perry Named Designated Survivor AP5 Feb 2019

The Associated Press is reporting that Secretary of Energy Rick Perry is the so-called designated survivor for President Donald Trump's second State of the Union address.

Perry, who used to serve as the governor of Texas, became the head of the Department of Energy in March 2017.

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The designated survivor remains outside the House chamber during the address in case an attack or disaster incapacitates the President and top government officials.

Trump had a short list to choose from Tuesday night, as several cabinet roles are now filled by acting secretaries who are not eligible to be named the designated survivor.

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Cabinet members chosen for the position are not allowed to disclose their location during the speech or extensively discuss how they spent the evening.

The Presidential Succession Act specifies that only Senate-confirmed secretaries are eligible for the role, meaning that "acting" secretaries are not.

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One cabinet member, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, is ineligible under the constitution because she was not a USA citizen at birth.

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