Wichita Falls Native, ExxonMobil CEO Tillerson on Short List for Secretary of State
Wichita Falls native Rex Tillerson, the CEO of ExxonMobil, is on the short list of picks for Secretary of State. President-elect Trump spoke with Tillerson at Trump Tower on Monday. Tillerson has been at the head of ExxonMobil for a decade. The 64 year-old joined Exxon as an engineer in 1975.
Tillerson will, as will most of Mr. Trump’s cabinet picks, face a barrage of Democratic push back in Senate confirmation. But, thanks to the so-called ‘nuclear option’ rules changes ushered in by Democrats themselves in 2013, if Tillerson get’s the final nod from Trump, Democrat opposition will be virtually a non-issue.
ExxonMobil has generated $34 billion in net income in the past year, and paid more than $80 billion in taxes. Tillerson is listed at #25 on Forbes list of “The World’s Most Powerful People”. Tillerson is a native of Wichita Falls and makes his home in Irving, TX.