If former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, President Donald Trump’s nominee to serve as Secretary of Energy, wins confirmation on the floor of the U.S. Senate, he will not be taking Tony Buzbee with him to Washington, D.C. Buzbee is a well-known Houston plaintiff lawyer who showed he can adeptly switch up assignments when he led Perry’s victorious criminal defense team. But he won’t be moving to energy.

“To address whether I will have a role in the Energy Department: No. I am very happy with my current job, and, frankly, given my lifestyle, wouldn’t be able to afford the pay cut to work for the government at this point in my life,” Buzbee wrote in an email.

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