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Trump Picks Elaine Chao for Transportation Secretary

Trump Picks Elaine Chao for Transportation Secretary

Chao is the first Asian-American female appointed to a Cabinet-level position.

President-elect Donald Trump has chosen former Labor Secretary Elaine Chao for Transportation Secretary. Chao served as Labor Secretary under George W. Bush and deputy secretary of transportation under George H. W. Bush. She is married to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).

Chao met with Trump last week at Trump Tower where they discussed “labor and transportation issues with a particular focus on America’s long-term infrastructure needs, and reducing or eliminating burdensome regulations.”

The Wall Street Journal reports:

Ms. Chao, 63 years old, was the first American woman of Asian descent to be appointed to the cabinet when she was named secretary of labor by then-President George W. Bush in 2001. She served all eight years that Mr. Bush was in office, and was his only cabinet member to do so.

A Harvard Business School graduate, Ms. Chao was a banker at Citigroup and president and chief executive officer of the United Way of America before she joined the Bush administration. In 2009, she returned to the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank in Washington, as a distinguished fellow and joined several corporate and nonprofit boards, including Wells Fargo, Dole Food Co. and the National World War II Museum. She also is a board member of News Corp., the parent company of The Wall Street Journal.

The Trump team said the Transportation pick will come on Tuesday:

Trump transition team spokesman Jason Miller told Fox Business Network earlier Tuesday that the president-elect will make an announcement about his pick for the next Transportation Secretary on early Tuesday afternoon.

“We’re excited with how the administration is coming together and we think this is gonna be a great day,” Miller said. “And don’t forget we also have another cabinet selection coming early afternoon today as the pres-elect continues to move forward.”

When pressed on which cabinet position will be announced in the afternoon, Miller simply replied, “Transportation.”

Interesting piece of trivia:

We will update this post once the Trump team releases more information.

[Featured Image: Elaine Chao at Trump Tower Elevators, , November 21, 2016, via @HowardMortman]


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She was already an Asian-American woman when she was Secretary of Labor.

I don’t trust anything connected with Mitch McConnell.

Is this designed to get McConnell on the team?

This is a great country.

I wonder what those Chinese laborers who help build the Transcontinental Railroad would think if they knew an Asian woman would one day be Secretary of Transportation?

    Subotai Bahadur in reply to MattMusson. | November 29, 2016 at 2:15 pm

    Crap. Hit up vote instead of reply. I am Chinese. I am highly dubious of this. Yes, Chao is Chinese. I am also familiar with the concept of “Dragon Lady”. Her filling an affirmative action slot does not mean that she cannot work for the enemy. She is Mitch McConnell’s wife. If this is not a move towards “keeping your enemies closer” this is not good. He background includes head of the United Way. Not an ethical recommendation.

Impressive “swamp drainin'” goin’ on owwwwed dar…

Ms. Chastain, you really need to fix this post. The headline is wrong (she already became that) and “[t]he appointment makes” is wrong (the prior appointment already made her that).

I count on Legal Insurrection to get things right.

the first Asian-American woman to hold a Cabinet-level position.

Utterly irrelevent to the discussion. What is relevent is how the appointment of a career insider and spouse of an embedded politician would help deal with the problems of bloat and inflamed elitism.

    “… how the appointment of a career insider and spouse of an embedded politician would help deal with the problems of bloat and inflamed elitism.”

    Trump’s platform is all about building a wall, locking her up, and banning muslims. There’s nothing in there about dealing with bloat or inflamed elitism.

For those who don’t know the other woman to hold those posts was Elizabeth Dole

The similarities to the career of Elizabeth Dole are notable. Wife of a Senator, former president of a charity (Red Cross), former Secretary of Labor, and now Secretary of Transportation.

Anything related to that grotesque rino McConnell is tainted.

legalizehazing | November 29, 2016 at 1:20 pm

Well on the plus side. . I gues the infrastructure bill will have less Senate opposition. Hopefully Trump secured more than that with the appointment.. maybe a vote on Term Limits lol wild dreams

Elaine Chao is the first “Elaine Chao” appointed to a Cabinet-level position.

Donald J. Trump is the first “Donald J. Trump” to be elected President of the United States of America.

Embrace diversity (i.e. character), not [class] diversity (i.e. “skin color”).

Woman who marry chinless senator will go far and have much luck.

Trump needs the nuclear option in the senate. Anyone need an explanation?

good enough morgan | November 29, 2016 at 10:05 pm

She wanted Transportation under W but didn’t get it. Now she she has it.

Oh! Oh! Swamp just rose two feet.