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Rick Perry is ‘designated survivor’ for State of the Union

February 6, 2019

The “designated survivor” for Tuesday’s State of the Union address is Energy Secretary Rick Perry.

By custom at least one Cabinet member does not attend the speech, in order to preserve the Constitutional line of succession in the event of a catastrophe.

The designated survivors for President Trump’s last two State of the Union speeches were Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin.

The Constitution designates the order of presidential succession among Cabinet members based on the order of the Departments’ formation, so all three men have been fairly low in the order.

Mr. Perry, a former Texas governor, has been secretary of energy for more or less the entire Trump administration.