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Elaine Chao
24th United States Secretary of Labor
In office
January 29, 2001 – January 20, 2009
President George W. Bush
Preceded by Alexis Herman
Succeeded by Hilda Solis
Chief Exectuive Officer of United Way of America
In office
12th Director of the Peace Corps
In office
President George H. W. Bush
Preceded by Paul Coverdell
Succeeded by Carol Bellamy
Deputy Secretary of Transportation
In office
President George H. W. Bush
Preceded by Mary Ann Dawson
Succeeded by Mortimer L. Downey
Chair of the Federal Maritime Commission
In office
President George H. W. Bush
Deputy Administrator of the Maritime Administration
In office
President Ronald Reagan
Personal details
Elaine Lan Chao

March 26, 1953 (1953-03-26) (age 67)
Taipei, Taiwan
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Mitch McConnell
Alma mater Mount Holyoke College (BA)
Harvard University (MBA)

Elaine Lan Chao (趙小蘭; born March 26, 1953) is an American politician. She served as the 24th United States Secretary of Labor under President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2009, and Deputy Secretary of Transportation under President George H. W. Bush.

She was born in Taipei, Taiwan. She was the first Asian American woman and the first Taiwanese American in U.S. history to be appointed to a U.S. president's cabinet.

Chao is married to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.

On November 29, 2016, it was announced that President-elect Donald Trump plans to nominate Chao for Secretary of Transportation when he takes office.

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