President-elect Donald Trump has already begun to fill out his Cabinet, one of the most difficult but crucially important tasks a new president faces. Thus far, he has named Senator Jeff Sessions to be our next Attorney General and charter school advocate Betsy DeVos to be our next Secretary of Education. President-elect Trump is committed to choosing the best qualified men and women from all walks of life, such as business, medicine, education, and technology, to be in his Cabinet. Therefore, I believe that the position of Secretary of Commerce, one of the most important but underappreciated Cabinet positions, should be filled by former Texas governor Rick Perry.

The longest-serving governor in the history of his state, Governor Perry led Texas from 2000 to 2015. Before that, he served as the Lieutenant Governor of Texas for two years, as the Commissioner of the Texas Department of Agriculture for eight years, and as a member of the Texas House of Representatives for six years. He served in the United States Air Force from 1972 to 1977, and he attained the rank of Captain.

As stated on its website, the Department of Commerce’s mission is to work “with businesses, universities, communities, and the Nation’s workers to promote job creation, economic growth, sustainable development, and improved standards of living for Americans.”

The Secretary of Commerce helps to design policies and programs to grow the American economy, and he or she is in charge of nearly 50,000 employees around the country. Governor Perry is the right person to lead the Department of Commerce at this crucial time. What better person to have leading an executive department responsible for promoting job creation and economic growth than the longest-serving chief executive in the history of one of the most economically-successful states in America?

In his official 2016 presidential campaign launch speech, Governor Perry said, “We were the engine of growth because we had a simple formula: control taxes and spending, implement smart regulations, invest in an educated workforce, and stop frivolous lawsuits.”

During his time as governor of Texas, more than a third of all new jobs created in America originated in the Lone Star State. In early 2016, CNBC ranked Texas #2 on its list of “The Top 10 States to Find a Job in America,” calling it a “jobs juggernaut.” Forbes currently ranks Texas the #1 state in the country in economic climate and the #4 overall state for business.  

Texas has no state income tax; it relies on property taxes and a state sales tax to fund its government. Governor Perry, an opponent of a Texas state income tax, worked to cut taxes and spending as governor, and he balanced the state’s budget every year he was in office.

Governor Perry also said in his 2016 presidential campaign launch speech, “We will not find the kind of leadership needed to revitalize the country by looking to the political class in Washington. I have been tested. I have led the most successful state in America.” Texas’s economy is a great model for our country, and Governor Perry managed it well for close to two decades.

It is that kind of experience and leadership that President-elect Trump should want in his Cabinet. The American economy desperately needs revitalization, and that can only happen if we get new leadership in Washington. The same status-quo Washington politicians who have driven our country off of an economic cliff can’t be trusted with the keys anymore.

If President-elect Trump is serious about making America great again, it starts with unleashing the economy through bold, conservative reforms. If he appoints Governor Perry to be Secretary of Commerce, the process will be set in motion. Economic growth will skyrocket, American businesses will start creating jobs again, and there will be prosperity for all.