Former Texas Governor Rick Perry and former presidential hopeful Dr. Ben Carson were confirmed by the senate to lead the Energy Department and Housing and Urban Development departments, respectively. Both were Republican presidential hopefuls in 2016.
Both Perry and Carson have come under fire for being unqualified for the positions to which they’ve now been confirmed. Perry once lobbied for the elimination of the department now under his charge, while Carson himself once through aides that “Dr. Carson feels he has no government experience, he’s never run a federal agency.”