Dan Brouillette

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Dan Brouillette
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Acting United States Secretary of Energy
Assumed office
December 2, 2019
PresidentDonald Trump
Preceded byRick Perry
United States Deputy Secretary of Energy
Assumed office
August 8, 2017
PresidentDonald Trump
Preceded byElizabeth Sherwood-Randall
Assistant Secretary of Energy for Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs
In office
PresidentGeorge W. Bush
Preceded byJohn Angell[1]
Succeeded byRick Dearborn[2]
Personal details
Danny Ray Brouillette

(1962-08-18) August 18, 1962 (age 57)
Paincourtville, Louisiana, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
EducationUniversity of Maryland, College Park (BA)

Danny Ray Brouillette[3] (born August 18, 1962) is an American politician and businessman who has served as the United States Deputy Secretary of Energy since August 8, 2017. He became the acting Secretary of Energy on December 1, 2019, and is due to be sworn in to the position after the U.S. Senate approved his nomination.[4]

Early life and education[edit]

Brouillette is originally from Paincourtville, Louisiana. He graduated from the University of Maryland.[5]


Following his service in the United States Army, Brouillette served as Rep. Billy Tauzin's legislative director from 1989 to 1997.[5] From 1997 to 2000, he was Senior Vice President of R. Duffy Wall & Associates. Brouillette was Assistant Secretary for Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs in the U.S. Department of Energy from 2001 to 2003 under President George W. Bush.[6]

He then served as chief of staff under Rep. Billy Tauzin and was also staff director for the House Energy and Commerce Committee from 2003 to 2004, when Tauzin chaired the committee.[7][8] Brouillette was involved in crafting provisions included in the Energy Policy Act of 2005, specifically with respect to the Department of Energy loan guarantee program and federal authorization of importation and exportation of liquid natural gas.[7]

From 2004 to 2006, Brouillette was a vice president at Ford Motor Company, running the company's domestic policy teams. He also served on Ford's North American Operating Committee.[7] In 2006, Brouillette was hired as head of public policy and senior vice president at United Services Automobile Association, which offers financial services to people and families that serve, or served, in the United States military.[9]

Brouillette also served as a member of Louisiana's State Mineral and Energy Board from 2013 to 2016.[8]

Deputy Secretary of Energy[edit]

On April 3, 2017, President Donald Trump announced he would nominate Brouillette as United States Deputy Secretary of Energy in the United States Department of Energy.[6] Brouillette was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on August 3, 2017. He was sworn in as the Deputy Secretary for Energy on August 8, 2017.[10]

Secretary of Energy[edit]

On October 18, 2019, President Trump announced he would nominate Brouillette as United States Secretary of Energy to replace Rick Perry, who had announced he would step down by the end of the year.[11] On November 7, 2019, President Trump formally nominated Brouillette, sending his nomination to the senate.[12]

Perry formally resigned as Energy Secretary on December 1, 2019, making Brouillette the acting secretary as his nomination was still pending before the U.S. Senate. The next day, on December 2, the Senate confirmed his nomination by a 70–15 vote.[13] He remains acting secretary until he is formally sworn into office.[14]

Personal life[edit]

Brouillette and his wife, Adrienne, are U.S. Army veterans and the parents of nine children, all of whom the couple homeschooled.[15] They reside in San Antonio.[6]


  1. ^ "PN576 — Dan R. Brouillette — Department of Energy". United States Congress. August 1, 2001. Retrieved November 7, 2019.
  2. ^ https://www.congress.gov/nomination/108th-congress/779?q=%7B
  3. ^ "Danny Ray Brouillette". November 8, 2017. Retrieved November 21, 2019.
  4. ^ Beitsch, Rebecca (December 3, 2019). "New Energy secretary: Trump has directed agency to find 'different ways to utilize coal'". The Hill. Retrieved December 4, 2019.
  5. ^ a b "Roster Change -- FCW". FCW. Retrieved May 2, 2017.
  6. ^ a b c "President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate Dan R. Brouillette to the Department of Energy". whitehouse.gov. April 3, 2017. Retrieved April 13, 2017.
  7. ^ a b c "Deputy Energy Secretary Pick Has Lobbying, Capitol Hill Ties". www.bna.com. Retrieved May 2, 2017.
  8. ^ a b Cama, Timothy (April 3, 2017). "Trump picks Bush veteran to be Rick Perry's deputy". TheHill. Retrieved May 2, 2017.
  9. ^ "Trump Names Deputy For Perry's Department Of Energy - Law360". www.law360.com. Retrieved May 2, 2017.
  10. ^ "Dan Brouillette Sworn in as Deputy Secretary of the United States Department of Energy". Energy.gov. Retrieved August 8, 2017.
  11. ^ @realDonaldTrump (October 18, 2019). "At the same time, I am pleased to nominate Deputy Secretary Dan Brouillette to be the new Secretary of Energy" (Tweet). Retrieved October 18, 2019 – via Twitter.
  12. ^ "One Nomination Sent to the Senate". The White House. November 7, 2019. Retrieved November 7, 2019.
  13. ^ Senate Confirms Dan Brouillette to Lead Energy Department
  14. ^ Dan Brouillette Confirmed By The U.S. Senate To Be Secretary of Energy
  15. ^ Wolff, Eric (October 18, 2019). "Trump to nominate Dan Brouillette as Energy Secretary". Politico. Retrieved October 19, 2019.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Elizabeth Randall
United States Deputy Secretary of Energy
Preceded by
Rick Perry
United States Secretary of Energy