Tuesday November 29th President Elect Donald Trump selected Elaine Chao for Secretary of Transportation. As you know, here at FFL we are passionate about educating our readers about their government and the changes within it, so here are 12 things to know about Elaine Chao and her new position.

  1. Chao served as Secretary of Labor under President George W. Bush from 2001 through 2009 – the longest tenure in the position since World War II

  2. She was the first Asian-American woman to serve in a Cabinet position.

  3. Elaine is the only member of President Bush’s original cabinet to have served in both of his terms as president.

  4. Before Serving as Secretary of Labor, Elaine was the Deputy Secretary of the Department of Transportation.

  5. Chao is an immigrant, having moved to the United States from Taiwan when she was only 8 years old. Her father worked three jobs a day when they first arrived. (Truly, an example of the American Dream.)

  6. Elaine is a fellow at the Heritage Institute and a FOX News contributor.

  7. She is married to United States Senate and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

  8. Chao is the President and Chief Executive Officer of United Way of America, a nonprofit organization that works with nearly 1,200 local United Way offices throughout the country in a coalition of charitable organizations.

  9. Elaine is highly educated, she earned her MBA from the Harvard Business School and an economics degree from Mount Holyoke College. She also attended programs at Dartmouth College and Columbia University. She is the recipient of 36 honorary doctorate degrees from colleges and universities worldwide.

  10. On October 15, 1966 the Department of Transportation and the post of Transportation Secretary were created by Lyndon B. Johnson’s signing of the Department of Transportation Act.

  11. The role of the department is “to develop and coordinate policies that will provide an efficient and economical national transportation system, with due regard for need, the environment, and the national defense.”

  12. The United States Secretary of Transportation is  thirteenth in the Presidential Line of Succession.

    Danielle B
    Danielle is a conservative political consultant who aides organizations in communicating their big ideas and empowering leaders. She works with a multitude of organizations, most notably including the American Conservation Coalition, OUTSET Network, and Future Female Leaders. Danielle can't explain why she doesn't need feminism, she's too busy succeeding without it. She likes coffee, capitalism, and proving people wrong.

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