Elaine Chao (1953 – )

Secretary of Transportation (R), 2017-2021

Elaine Chao has served as Secretary of Transportation in Donald Trump’s cabinet and Secretary of Labor under President George W. Bush (2001 – 2009). Following the 2021 Storming of the U.S. Capitol, Chao resigned from her position as Secretary of Transportation.

Previously served as Deputy Maritime Administrator, Chairman of the Federal Maritime Commission, Director of the Peace Corps, Chief Executive Officer of United Way of America, and Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Chao is the first Asian American woman and first Taiwanese American to be appointed to a President’s cabinet.


“Elaine L. Chao,” The White House, n.d., https://www.whitehouse.gov/people/elaine-chao/.

“Secretary Elaine Chao | US Department of Transportation,” http://www.transportation.gov, n.d., https://www.transportation.gov/meet-secretary/secretary-elaine-chao.

“Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao Resigns, Citing Violence At Capitol,” NPR.org, accessed January 10, 2021, https://www.npr.org/sections/congress-electoral-college-tally-live-updates/2021/01/07/954495552/transportation-secretary-elaine-chao-to-resign-citing-violence-at-capitol.

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