Donald Trump promised to revitalize America’s infrastructure, so he’s tapped someone who knows the highways and byways of D.C. politics to be his Transportation Secretary. Meet Elaine Chao and learn all about the woman who Trump thinks can get this massive job done.
1. She’s worked with U.S. Presidents in the past.
When Donald, 70, picked Elaine, 63, on Nov. 29, it seemed to be a more – pardon the pun – conservative choice compared to Jeff Sessions, 69, Tom Price, 69, and Steve Bannon, 63. Elaine has actual experience working in the White House, as she served as Secretary of Labor under George W. Bush, 70, according to The New York Times.
She was actually the only official in his administration to serve all eight years. She even worked with W’s father, George H. W. Bush, 92, as Deputy Secretary of Transportation. So, she actually has experience that makes her qualified for the job. What a novel thought!
2. She’s an immigrant.
Elaine was born in Taipei, Taiwan, the eldest of six daughters. Her father is James S.C. Chao, 88, the founder of the Foremost Group, a shipping and trade company. In 1961, at age 8, Elaine immigrated to America with her mother and two younger sisters, joining her father in America.
3. Elaine is literally in bed with a big name in Washington.
For 23 years, Elaine has been married to the current Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell, 74. She has been a powerful behind-the-scenes role of Mitch’s political career, helping him fend off efforts to unseat him in 2014.
4. Voters might have seen her on television.
Elaine, like K.T. McFarland, 65, (who has been tapped as Trump’s deputy national security adviser,) was a frequent commentator of Fox News. She also sits on Rupert Murdoch’s, 85, News Corp board of directors, which (along with other business connections) may come under fire during her confirmation hearing. However, Senator Chuck Schumer, 66, when speaking about the pick, indicated that she won’t face much of a fight and will likely be confirmed with ease. “I hope Secretary Chao shares that ambitious goal and is willing to work with Democrats,” he added.
5. She wasn’t well liked by the people she worked with.
“She was a terrible Labor Secretary,” Ross Eisenbrey, vice president of the Economic Policy Institute, tells Politico. “She cut the enforcement budgets and…OSHA protections, thereby leaving workers less safe and more likely to be cheated on their wages.” When Elaine left the position, federal employees threw a “good riddance” party. Uh-oh. They better get used to round 2!
What do you think about Elaine as the next Transportation Secretary, HollywoodLifers? Do you think she’ll get the job done?