Elaine Lan Chao (traditional Chinese: 趙小蘭; simplified Chinese: 赵小兰; pinyin: Zhào Xiǎolán; born March 26, 1953) is an American politician.
Born in Taipei, Taiwan, Republic of China, Chao was the first Asian American woman and the first Taiwanese American in U.S. history to be appointed to a U.S. President’s Cabinet. She served as the 24th United States Secretary of Labor under President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2009, and Deputy Secretary of Transportation under President George H. W. Bush.
On 29 November 2016, it was announced that President-elect Donald Trump plans to nominate Chao to serve as the Secretary of Transportation.
Chao is married to Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, who has been the Senate Majority Leader since 3 January 2015.