Chao was the first Asian-America woman named to a president’s cabinet when George W. Bush made her secretary of labor in 2001. So she’s had quite a lot of experience. Check out more about this nominee below.
President-elect Donald Trump has nominated Elaine Chao as Transportation Secretary, he announced late Tuesday.
Chao, a Washington insider who met with Trump on Monday, was the first Asian-America woman named to a president’s cabinet when George W. Bush made her secretary of labor in 2001.
In his announcement, Trump praised Chao for her “extensive record of strong leadership and her expertise … She has an amazing life story and has helped countless Americans in her public service career.”
Chao said that Trump had “outlined a clear vision to transform our country’s infrastructure, accelerate economic growth and productivity, and create good paying jobs across the country.” She added that she was “honored to be nominated.”
Chao is also married to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., who said he was “so proud of Elaine as she continues her accomplished career in public service.”