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US Transportation Secretary Chao Sworn In

[ February 13, 2017   //   ]

Elaine Chao was sworn in by US Vice President Mike Pence on January 31. Chao is the wife of Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and the first Asian-American woman to hold a Cabinet position. She also served as the 24th U.S. Secretary of Labor under President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2009.
Chao will be a key player in President Donald Trump’s Cabinet if his administration pushes ahead with a major infrastructure spending program. She will play a role in a number of regulatory issues, including railroad safety and staffing rules.
The Transportation Department has a $75 billion annual budget and about 60,000 employees. It includes the Federal Aviation Administration, which handles air traffic control.