Dec 16th 2016 | Posted in Texas Government Insider by Texas Government Insider

Two Texans were named to President-Elect Donald Trump’s cabinet this week. Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson was nominated for Secretary of State and former Gov. Rick Perry has been selected to lead the Department of Energy. Both picks bring with them strengths and weaknesses that could lead to contentious confirmation hearings.

Tillerson may be one of Trump’s most controversial nominations due to his relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Tillerson has done extensive business in Russia for the multinational oil and gas company he leads and was given the Russian Order of Friendship in 2013.

“Rex knows how to manage a global enterprise, which is crucial to running a successful State Department, and his relationships with leaders all over the world are second to none,” Trump said. “I can think of no one more prepared, and no one more dedicated, to serve as Secretary of State at this critical time in our history.”Tillerson is a resident of Irving, where Exxon Mobil is headquartered. He joined the company in 1975 and was elected chairman and CEO in 2006. He is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin.

Tillerson is a resident of Irving, where Exxon Mobil is headquartered. He joined the company in 1975 and was elected chairman and CEO in 2006. He is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin.

Perry famously forgot the name the Energy Department in a presidential debate in 2011 when listing the three departments he would eliminate if he were elected president. During Perry’s tenure as governor of Texas oil and gas production surged. He also oversaw a wind energy boom that made the state first in wind energy generation.

“My administration is going to make sure we take advantage of our huge natural resource deposits to make America energy independent and create vast new wealth for our nation, and Rick Perry is going to do an amazing job as the leader of that process,” Trump said.