WASHINGTON--The Senate voted Thursday to confirm Ben Carson and Rick Perry to cabinet positions in President Donald Trump's administration.
The chamber confirmed retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson as the next secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Then later in the afternoon the chamber approved the former Texas governor as the next Energy Secretary.
The vote for Carson was 58-41. The vote for Perry was 62-37.
Both Carson and Perry ran against President Donald Trump during a crowded Republican presidential primary, before dropping out and both eventually endorsing Trump.
Perry had called for the elimination of the department he's now set to lead, a remark he said he regretted during his confirmation hearing. He famously forgot the agency during a Republican primary debate when he was asked to list which departments he'd eliminate.