Elaine Chao

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Elaine Chao
Elaine Chao official portrait.jpg
18th United States Secretary of Transportation
From: January 31, 2017 – present
President Donald Trump
Predecessor Anthony Foxx
Successor Incumbent (no successor)
24th United States Secretary of Labor
From: January 29, 2001 – January 20, 2009
President George W. Bush
Predecessor Alexis Herman
Successor Hilda Solis
Former United States Deputy Secretary of Transportation
From: April 19, 1989 – October 8, 1991
Predecessor Mimi Weyforth Dawson
Successor James B. Busey IV
Party Republican
Spouse(s) Mitch McConnell

Elaine Lan Chao (born March 26, 1953; an immigrant from Taiwan who arrived in America at age 8) is the 18th United States Secretary of Transportation under U.S. President Donald Trump. She was the Secretary of Labor in the cabinet of the Bush administration. Chao is the first Asian-American woman to be appointed to a U.S. Cabinet position.

Chao was the president of the United Way of America from 1992 to 1996. In addition, from 1996 to 2001, Chao was a Distinguished Fellow at The Heritage Foundation, where she concentrated on jobs, employment, trade, federal spending and workforce issues.[1]

Personal life

Chao is married to current Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.


External links

Chao as Secretary of Labor in the Bush II Administration