BISMARCK, N.D. - With this week's announcement that Rick Perry plans to resign as Secretary of Energy by year's end, people working in the energy sector are wondering who will replace Perry and what it will mean for North Dakota energy.
Your News Leader spoke with Sen. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., and he said that he's not shocked by the resignation. Rumors of a departure had been swirling for months.
However, he did say he has already recommended Perry's successor to the president, naming Deputy Secretary Dan Brouilette, saying that the Department of Energy wouldn't miss a beat in an industry North Dakota heavily relies on.
"I think North Dakota's energy, I would say expertise, really has been prominent in the Trump Administration's policies and Rick Perry has been a big part of that. So we'll certainly miss him,” Cramer said.
Perry has created controversy because of his connections to President Donald Trump's phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Trump going as far as to say Perry is the reason for the phone in the first place.
Your News Leader then asked Cramer if he had any communication with the White House or any aspirations regarding the soon-to-be vacant cabinet position. He said while it would be an honor, he is not expecting nor pursuing the role he interviewed for three years ago.