Ben Carson, Rick Perry Confirmed to Cabinet Posts on Thursday


New Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson testified during his confirmation hearing before Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee January 12, 2017 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. (Credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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The Senate voted Thursday to confirm Ben Carson and Rick Perry to Cabinet position in President Donald Trump’s administration.

The chamber confirmed retired neurosurgeon as the next secretary of Housing and Urban Development, and then later in the afternoon approved the former Texas governor as the next energy secretary.

The vote for Carson was 58-41. The vote for Perry was 62-37.

Both Carson and Perry ran against President Donald Trump during a crowded Republican presidential primary, before dropping out and both eventually endorsing Trump.

Perry had called for the elimination of the department he’s now set to lead, a remark he said he regretted during his confirmation hearing. He famously forgot the agency during a Republican primary debate when he was asked to list which departments he’d eliminate.

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