Trump picks Elaine Chao for transportation secretary: 7 things to know

President-elect Donald Trump on Tuesday chose Elaine Chao to serve as the secretary of transportation , reports The Wall Street Journal.

Here are seven things to know about Ms. Chao.

1. Ms. Chao became the first American woman of Asian descent appointed to a cabinet in 2001 when she was named secretary of labor by President George W. Bush.

2. She served as deputy secretary of transportation for President George H. W. Bush's administration.

3. Prior to her cabinet roles, Ms. Chao served as president and CEO of the United Way of America and was a banker at Citigroup.

4. She currently sits on various corporate and nonprofit boards, including Wells Fargo, Dole Food Co., and News Corp. — the owner of The Wall Street Journal.

5. Ms. Chao is married to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R- Ky.)

6. If Ms. Chao's nomination is confirmed by the Senate, she would be responsible for handling a record number of safety recalls in the auto industry and efforts to monitor the development of autonomous vehicles.

7. Ms. Chao would also step into the ring of environment policy since U.S. highway safety regulators hold authority to develop fuel-economy laws, reports WSJ.

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