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Rex Tillerson, Trump's secretary of state nominee and Exxon Mobil CEO: What to know

Both Democrats and Republicans have expressed concern over President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for secretary of state, Rex Tillerson.

The choice of the Exxon Mobil CEO, who has close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin, has brought into question whether national or corporate interests will be at play if he heads the State Department.

“While Rex Tillerson is a respected businessman, I have serious concerns about his nomination,” Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said in a statement.

Sen. Bernie Sanders said the selection of Tillerson sends a "troubling message."

"In this appointment, Mr. Trump is making it abundantly clear that the short-term profits of the fossil fuel industry are more important than climate change and the future of the planet," Sanders (I-Vt.) said in a statement.

Scroll down for some more information about Tillerson.

He's from Texas

Tillerson was born in Wichita Falls, Texas, in
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Tillerson was born in Wichita Falls, Texas, in 1952 and attended the University of Texas at Austin.

He has worked at Exxon Mobil since 1975

After graduating college in 1975, Tillerson joined Exxon
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After graduating college in 1975, Tillerson joined Exxon as a production engineer, according to his bio on the company website. He moved up the ranks, becoming a general manager and later an executive vice president. In 2006, he became CEO.

He has close ties with Russia

Tillerson has developed a close relationship with Russian
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Tillerson has developed a close relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin through his company's dealings in the country. He made a deal with Putin in 2011 to drill in the Arctic, but the drilling was halted in 2014 when the United States set up sanctions against Russia during the Ukrainian crisis. In 2013, Putin awarded Tillerson with the Order of Friendship, awarded to individuals who help strengthen cooperation between Russia and another nation.

He recognizes the risks of climate change

Exxon Mobil came under fire in 2015 after
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Exxon Mobil came under fire in 2015 after reports said the company knew its affect on climate change since 1977, but did not acknowledge it. Under Tillerson's leadership, the company denied the reports and said it had been working to reduce its impact on the environment. At a speech in October, Tillerson said the company faces the challenge of supplying energy and reducing harmful emissions. "At Exxon Mobil, we share the view that the risks of climate change are serious and warrant thoughtful action," he said. Additionally, the company endorsed the Paris climate agreement.

He was the president of Boy Scouts of America

Tillerson earned the ranking of an Eagle Scout
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Tillerson earned the ranking of an Eagle Scout and has been a longtime supporter of the Boy Scouts of America. He served as the organization's president from 2010 to 2012.