Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Congratulations, Elaine Chao!
President-elect Donald Trump has selected Elaine Chao to serve as Secretary of Transportation. We are so proud of our adopted Kentuckian and extend to her our prayers and congratulations.
Elaine served as Secretary of Labor for George W. Bush. She also served as Deputy Secretary of Transportation. It's a natural fit for her skill set and background, particularly since her father built a shipping business after emigrating from Taiwan.
I have always found Chao's biography inspirational. She came to this country at age eight, speaking not a word of English. She will now have served in cabinets of two different departments for two different presidents. What an extraordinary American success story.
Transportation will play a central role in the upcoming infrastructure rebuild. We are glad that it is in good hands.
Chao's appointment also solidifies Trump's relationship with Chao's husband, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
That makes Chao and McConnell the nation's most prominent power couple.
Here's some of the coverage: