Elaine Chao

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Elaine Chao
Elaine Chao official photo.jpg
18th United States Secretary of Transportation
Assumed office
January 31, 2017
President Donald Trump
Preceded by Anthony Foxx
24th United States Secretary of Labor
In office
January 29, 2001 – January 20, 2009
President George W. Bush
Preceded by Alexis Herman
Succeeded by Hilda Solis
Director of the Peace Corps
In office
1991–1992
President George H. W. Bush
Preceded by Paul Coverdell
Succeeded by Carol Bellamy
United States Deputy Secretary of Transportation
In office
1989–1991
President George H. W. Bush
Preceded by Mary Ann Dawson
Succeeded by Mortimer L. Downey
Personal details
Born Elaine Lan Chao
March 26, 1953 (1953-03-26) (age 64)
Taipei, Taiwan
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Mitch McConnell (1993–present)
Education Mount Holyoke College (BA)
Harvard University (MBA)

Elaine Lan Chao (趙小蘭; born March 26, 1953)[1] 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.[2]

Early life[change | change source]

Chao was born in Taipei, Taiwan.[3] 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.[4] She was also the longest-serving Secretary of Labor since Frances Perkins, who served from 1933 to 1945, under President Franklin D. Roosevelt.[5]

United States Secretary of Transport (since 2017)[change | change source]

On November 29, 2016, it was announced that President-elect Donald Trump plans to nominate Chao for Secretary of Transportation when he takes office.[6]

On January 31, 2017, the United States Senate confirmed Chao's nomination with a 93-6 vote.[7] She assumed office on the same day with Vice President Mike Pence swearing her in.

Personal life[change | change source]

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

References[change | change source]

  1. 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
  2. "Press Briefing by Administration Officials on American Competitiveness Initiative", (February 1, 2006), retrieved February 25, 2009
  3. First Taiwan-born US Cabinet member revisits her roots on Taipei visit, Formosa Television News, 2014/11/14
  4. "Chao becomes fifth-longest-serving Secretary of Labor". Peace Corps Online. http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/2629/2199903.html. Retrieved December 21, 2007.
  5. "US Department of Labor History". http://www.dol.gov/oasam/programs/history/dpt.htm. Retrieved September 16, 2009.
  6. CNN, Phil Mattingly and David Wright. "Trump picks Elaine Chao for transportation secretary". CNN. http://www.cnn.com/2016/11/29/politics/trump-picks-elaine-chao-for-transportation-secretary/index.html. Retrieved 2016-11-29.
  7. "US Senate Roll Call Vote PN35". United States Senate. January 31, 2017. https://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=115&session=1&vote=00035. Retrieved January 31, 2017.

Other websites[change | change source]

Media related to Elaine Chao at Wikimedia Commons