FILE PHOTO: Dan Brouillette, the Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy, who U.S. President Donald Trump said he will nominate to head the energy department after the announcement that Energy Secretary Rick Perry will be leaving his cabinet job by the end of the year, is seen in an undated Department of Energy official portrait and handout photo obtained in Washington, U.S. October 18, 2019. U.S. Department of Energy/Handout via REUTERS
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Donald Trump had formally nominated Dan Brouillette to head the department

If confirmed by the Senate, Brouillette will replace Rick Perry, who said last month he would step down by the end of the year

"If confirmed, I will further Secretary Perry's legacy of promoting energy independence, innovation, and security for the American people," Brouillette said in a statement

Brouillette has taken on increasing responsibilities at the Energy Department in recent months

Brouillette was a vice president