MCALLEN, RGV – U.S. Senator John Cornyn met Wednesday with former Texas Governor Rick Perry, whom President-Elect Trump has announced he will nominate to serve as U.S. Secretary of Energy.

The Senate must confirm Perry’s nomination.

When he ran for president in 2012, Perry said he would abolish the department of energy.

Meanwhile, Cornyn, R-Texas, has learned that he will serve as a member of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence during the 115th Congress.

“Throughout our history intelligence gathering has played an integral role in shaping foreign policy, often saving lives and preserving stability across the globe,” Cornyn said. “It is a privilege and honor to serve in this new role, and I look forward to working with our intelligence community to keep Americans safe at home and abroad.”

In addition to serving on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Cornyn will continue to serve as a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Senate Finance Committee.

In the last Congress, Cornyn, Texas’ senior senator, marshaled eight bills into law over the two year period – more than any other member of the Senate.