Donald Trump will reportedly choose Elaine Chao for secretary of transportation

Donald Trump will reportedly choose Elaine Chao for secretary of transportation

Donald Trump is expected to tap Elaine Chao, formerly secretary of labor, for transportation secretary Tuesday afternoon, a source close to the president-elect told the Associated Press. According to Politico, the announcement will likely come around 1 p.m. Eastern.

Chao, 63, was born in Taiwan and her family immigrated to the United States when she was 8 years old. After graduating Harvard Business School, she pursued a White House fellowship and was subsequently appointed to several government positions under Republican presidents: Deputy Administrator of the Maritime Administration and then Chairman of the Federal Maritime Commission under Ronald Reagan; Deputy Secretary of the Department of Transportation and then Peace Corps Director under George H.W. Bush.

Chao became the first Asian-American woman chosen for a presidential cabinet in 2001 when she was appointed the 24th U.S. Secretary of Labor, a position she held throughout all eight years of George W. Bush's administration. Because she has been a fixture in the last three GOP-headed governments, it feels fair to say that she is an establishment choice for self-proclaimed anti-establishment candidate Trump.

Chao is also married to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and currently resides in Kentucky.