Energy Secretary Rick Perry is designated survivor

    Energy Secretary Rick Perry listens to a statement by Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden, R-Ore., during a hearing about the electrical grid, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    WASHINGTON (AP) —Energy Secretary Rick Perry is the so-called designated survivor for this year's State of the Union address.

    By tradition, one Cabinet secretary is closeted away at a secure, undisclosed location to ensure continuity of government in case disaster strikes while government leaders attend the speech.

    A view of the White House in Washington before President Donald Trump departs and heads to Capitol Hill to deliver his State of the Union address, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

    The choice of Perry was confirmed by a White House official, who was not authorized to disclose the person's identity, and spoke on condition of anonymity.

    Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue was last year's designated survivor.

    Television crews set up their equipment in Statuary Hall in the Capitol, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, ahead of President Donald Trump's delivery of the State of the Union on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

    Trump's choice this year was limited by the number of "acting" secretaries in the Cabinet. Only Senate-confirmed secretaries (and natural-born citizens) in the line of succession to the presidency can assume control of government in a crisis.

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