U.S. President-elect Donald Trump on Tuesday nominated Chinese-American Elaine Chaoas the secretary of transportation, who is set to play a key role in fulfilling Trump's electionpromise of overhauling U.S. transportation infrastructure.
"Secretary Chao's extensive record of strong leadership and her expertise are invaluableassets in our mission to rebuild our infrastructure in a fiscally responsible manner," Trumpsaid in a statement.
"The president-elect has outlined a clear vision to transform our country's infrastructure,accelerate economic growth and productivity, and create good paying jobs across thecountry," Chao said.
According to Trump's transition website, he plans to invest 550 billion U.S. dollars to "buildthe roads, highways, bridges, tunnels, airports, and railways of tomorrow."
The transportation secretary is a member of the president's cabinet and the nominationneeds to be passed by Congress.
Chao, who served as the deputy secretary of transportation under former PresidentGeorge Bush from 1989 to 1991 and secretary of labor under former President George W.Bush from 2001 to 2009, is the first Asian-American woman to be appointed to cabinetroles.
Chao moved to the United Statesfrom Taiwan with her family when she was eight yearsold. She has since acquired an MBA degree from Harvard University and worked in thebanking sector before entering politics in the 1980s.
She is married to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
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