The U.S. Senate confirmed Elaine Chao as Secretary of Transportation by a vote of 93-6 today. Secretary Chao has a long history with the aggregates industry. She served as Deputy Transportation Secretary from 1989 to 1991 under President George H.W. Bush and as Secretary of Labor with oversight of MSHA from 2001 to 2009 under President George W. Bush.
“We congratulate Secretary Chao on being confirmed to lead the Transportation Department. With her experience leading both Labor and Transportation Departments in the past, she is the ideal person to lead the charge on President Trump’s $1 trillion infrastructure plan,” said NSSGA President and CEO Michael W. Johnson. “We look forward to working with Secretary Chao to invest in America’s surface transportation, ports and airports, create jobs and improve our nation’s economy in the process.”
NSSGA advocated for the confirmation of Secretary Chao since her nomination. In addition to in-person meetings NSSGA staff held with congressional staff, the association reached out to members of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee prior to her confirmation hearing and to all senators ahead of today’s vote