Confirmation of Secretary of Transportation nominee, Elaine Chao
Secretary of Transportation
President Donald J. Trump has nominated Elaine Chao as Secretary of Transportation.
Elaine Lan Chao (born March 26, 1953) is an American politician who served as the 24th U.S. 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 announced as the planned nominee for United States Secretary of Transportation by President-elect Donald Trump on November 29, 2016. Born in Taiwan to mainland Chinese parents, she was the first Asian American woman and the first Taiwanese American in U.S. history to be appointed to a U.S. president's cabinet. She is married to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.