ATA praises nomination of Elaine Chao for Transportation Secretary

Nov. 30, 2016

American Trucking Associations President and CEO Chris Spear praised President-elect Donald Trump’s choice of Elaine Chao to be the next Secretary of Transportation. Married to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Chao previously served as Labor Secretary under George W Bush and Deputy Transportation Secretary under President George H W Bush.

“I had the privilege of serving with and working closely with Secretary Chao during my time at the Department of Labor, and I am extremely pleased that she will be taking on this new challenge,” Spear said. “President-elect Trump could not have picked a more qualified, experienced and dedicated individual to serve in this important role.

“From her experience as Deputy Transportation Secretary under President George H W Bush, Secretary Chao understands the issues we face as we try to keep America’s freight moving safely and efficiently,” he said. “We are eager to support her as our country and our industry work to improve our roads and bridges, improve safety, and harness the potential that emerging technologies have to continue to move our country forward.”