President-elect Trump nominates Chao as US transportation chief

220px-Elaine_Chao_largePresident-elect Donald Trump has nominated Elaine Chao to serve as secretary of the United States Department of Transportation.

Having served as deputy secretary at the US Department of Transportation and secretary of the Department of Labour, Trump said Chao brought unparalleled experience and insight to the role.

“Secretary Chao’s extensive record of strong leadership and her expertise are invaluable assets in our mission to rebuild our infrastructure in a fiscally responsible manner,” said president-elect Trump. “She has an amazing life story and has helped countless Americans in her public service career. I am pleased to nominate Elaine as secretary of the Department of Transportation.”

“The president-elect has outlined a clear vision to transform our country’s infrastructure, accelerate economic growth and productivity, and create good paying jobs across the country,” said Chao. “I am honoured to be nominated by the president-elect to serve my beloved country as transportation secretary.”

Elaine L Chao is a distinguished fellow at Hudson Institute.  She is the 24th US Secretary of Labour who served from 2001-2009.  She is the first American woman of Asian descent to be appointed to a president’s Cabinet in US history.

An immigrant who arrived in America at the age of eight speaking not a word of English, Chao received her US citizenship when she was 19 years old.  She has had a distinguished career in the public, private and nonprofit sectors.  As the first secretary of labour in the 21st century, she focused on increasing the competitiveness of America’s workforce in a global economy and achieved record results in workplace safety and health.

Prior to the Department of Labour, secretary Chao was president and chief executive officer of United Way of America where she restored public trust and confidence in one of our nation’s premier institutions of private charitable giving after it had been tarnished by financial mismanagement and abuse.

As director of the Peace Corps, she established the first programmes in the Baltic nations and the newly independent states of the former Soviet Union. Her government service also includes serving as Chairman of the Federal Maritime Commission. She has also worked in the private sector as vice president of Syndications at Bank of America Capital Markets Group and Citicorp.

Secretary Chao earned her MBA from the Harvard Business School and an economics degree from Mount Holyoke College. Recognised for her extensive record of accomplishments and public service, she is the recipient of 35 honorary doctorate degrees.


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