Elaine Chao selected to head U.S. Department of Transportation
The transition team for President-elect Donald Trump announced November 29 the selection of Elaine Chao to head the Department of Transportation in the Trump Administration. U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA), Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, released the following statement on the selection:
“From the start, it was my hope that President-elect Trump would select someone to run the Department of Transportation who has a background leading large organizations, knowledge of how Congress and the legislative process work and the right mixture of public and private experience necessary to oversee a bold agenda to transform America’s transportation and infrastructure systems for the 21st Century. Elaine Chao embodies these qualities.”
“America faces a number of important challenges when it comes to our transportation networks that will require strong leadership from the executive branch. I am committed to working with Secretary Chao and President Trump to make responsible investments in our infrastructure, streamline transportation improvements, reduce regulatory burdens, encourage private-public partnerships and encourage innovation to preserve and strengthen America’s economic competitiveness.”
Chao 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.