WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) today issued the following statement regarding Governor Rick Perry’s nomination to lead the U.S. Department of Energy:

“President-elect Trump’s nomination of Governor Perry for Energy Secretary is encouraging news. As a leader in energy production, West Virginia plays a critical role in powering the nation with affordable, reliable energy. I look forward to working with Governor Perry to address some of our top priorities, including expanding energy infrastructure, advancing the cutting edge research taking place at the Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory in Morgantown, and modernizing America’s energy policy.”