Donald Trump Picks Elaine Chao as Transportation Secretary

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President-elect Donald Trump has selected Elaine Chao to be his transportation secretary, according to two transition officials.

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Ms. Chao, 63 years old, was the first American woman of Asian decent 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.

She is married to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.).

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