Donald Trump has allegedly chosen Elaine Chao to become his Secretary of Transportation when he takes to office in 2017, replacing Anthony Foxx, who served under the Obama administration between 2013 and 2016.
She has already served under President George H.W. Bush as Deputy Secretary of Transportation from 1989 to 1991. Chao, 63, was born in Taipei, Taiwan, and worked as vice president for syndications at Bank of America Capital Markets Group in San Francisco, as well as an international banker at Citicorp in New York before starting politics. After her Deputy Secretary of Transportation post she continued to serve as secretary of labor under president George W. Bush until 2009.
If she becomes the new transportation chief she will have to take major decisions in huge matters such as the legislation for autonomous cars and the U.S. fuel efficiency standards, which automakers are already questioning. Chao is also expected to be an asset in Trump’s $1 trillion infrastructure spending plan over the next decade that has to do with airports, bridges, and a number of other structural elements. The official announcement is expected to come any hour, with the president-elect coming out publicly with the decision to name Chao as Secretary of Transportation.