Rick Perry, Mike McCaul under consideration for Homeland Security

Energy Secretary Rick Perry is among the candidates being considered to replace John Kelly at the Department of Homeland Security, according to three people familiar with the deliberations.

Kelly became White House chief of staff on Monday, and President Donald Trump has not made a decision about who should succeed him as Homeland Security secretary. White House officials are considering others for the position, the people said. They asked not to be identified discussing a personnel matter.

It’s not clear Perry even wants the job.

"Secretary Perry is focused on the important mission of the Department of Energy. He’s honored to be mentioned, but he loves what he’s doing," said Robert Haus, director of public affairs at the department.

Some administration officials are advocating Representative Michael McCaul, a Texas Republican, who was considered for the Homeland Security job before Trump nominated Kelly.
Both Perry and McCaul have strong credentials when it comes to border security.  Perry actually beefed up Texas border security in response to Obama's open border policy and McCaul has campaigned on the importance of border security.  McCaul is my representative in Congress and he has also worked in the US attorney's office before running for Congress.


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