Trump Pick For State Department Energy Job Approved By Senate Panel

President Donald Trump’s nominee for the top U.S. State Department job dealing with matters related to energy and the global oil industry was approved by a Senate committee on May 17, as the U.S. gears up to reimpose sanctions on Iran’s oil exports.

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved Francis Fannon, a former head of corporate affairs at mining company BHP Billiton and senior director of Murphy Oil Corp., to head the department’s energy bureau.