The United States Senate has approved Donald Trump’s nomination for the Secretary of Transportation position – Elaine Chao, who passed easily through the process with overwhelming support.
The Senate vote read 93 yes counts, 6 against her, and a single vote of “present,” which came from her husband – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Chao is well versed in government service – between 1989 and 1991, she served as Deputy Secretary of Transportation under President George H.W. Bush. Chao also became Secretary of Labor for the entire administration of President George W. Bush. She is expected to become the main actor in President Trump’s $1-trillion plan to improve the country’s infrastructure, including roads and bridges.
She is also expected to implicate the DoT – Department of Transportation – in autonomous vehicle regulations. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is also part of the DoT, so Chao is now responsible for the nation’s handling of vehicle recalls and safety investigations. She was born in Taipei, Taiwan, and came to the United States when she was eight – and replaces Anthony Foxx who was the Secretary of Transportation under Obama since 2013 until he left the office.