|18th United States Secretary of Transportation|
Assumed office |
January 31, 2017
|Preceded by||Anthony Foxx|
|24th United States Secretary of Labor|
January 29, 2001 – January 20, 2009
|President||George W. Bush|
|Preceded by||Alexis Herman|
|Succeeded by||Hilda Solis|
|Director of the Peace Corps|
|President||George H. W. Bush|
|Preceded by||Paul Coverdell|
|Succeeded by||Carol Bellamy|
|United States Deputy Secretary of Transportation|
|President||George H. W. Bush|
|Preceded by||Mary Ann Dawson|
|Succeeded by||Mortimer L. Downey|
Elaine Lan Chao|
March 26, 1953
|Spouse(s)||Mitch McConnell (1993–present)|
Mount Holyoke College (BA)|
Harvard University (MBA)
Elaine Lan Chao (趙小蘭; born March 26, 1953) is an American politician. She is the 18th and current United States Secretary of Transportation, since January 31, 2017 during the Donald Trump administration.
She served as the 24th United States Secretary of Labor under President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2009, and Deputy Secretary of Transportation under President George H. W. Bush. She was the first Asian-American woman and the first Chinese American in U.S. history to be appointed to a U.S. president's cabinet.
Early life[change | change source]
Chao was born in Taipei, Taiwan. Her parents were Ruth Mulan Chu Chao (1930–2007) and James S. C. Chao (born 1927). Her parents immigrated to the United States in 1961. She studied at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts and at Harvard University.
United States Secretary of Labor (2001–2009)[change | change source]
Chao was the only cabinet member in the George W. Bush administration to serve for the entirety of his eight years. She was also the longest-serving Secretary of Labor since Frances Perkins, who served from 1933 to 1945, under President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
United States Secretary of Transport (since 2017)[change | change source]
Personal life[change | change source]
References[change | change source]
- Ancestry.com. U.S. Public Records Index, Volume 1 [database on-line]. Provo, UT: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010. Original data: Voter Registration Lists, Public Record Filings, Historical Residential Records, and Other Household Database Listings
- "Press Briefing by Administration Officials on American Competitiveness Initiative", (February 1, 2006), retrieved February 25, 2009
- First Taiwan-born US Cabinet member revisits her roots on Taipei visit, Formosa Television News, 2014/11/14
- "Chao becomes fifth-longest-serving Secretary of Labor". Peace Corps Online. Retrieved December 21, 2007.
- "US Department of Labor History". Retrieved September 16, 2009.
- CNN, Phil Mattingly and David Wright. "Trump picks Elaine Chao for transportation secretary". CNN. Retrieved 2016-11-29.
- "US Senate Roll Call Vote PN35". United States Senate. January 31, 2017. Retrieved January 31, 2017.
Other websites[change | change source]
Media related to Elaine Chao at Wikimedia Commons
- Official website
- Heritage Foundation profile
- Appearances on C-SPAN
- Elaine Chao history at Department of Labor
- Elaine Chao Video produced by Makers: Women Who Make America