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Her Secret to Learning English

Her Secret to Learning English

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Elaine recalls her struggles with English in school and the system she developed with her father to learn it. 

Elaine's Biography

First Car: A maverick with no air conditioning

College Alma Mater: Mount Holyoke

Greatest Achievement As Secretary of Labor: Having the best health and safety record of any administration.

Born in Taipei, Taiwan, Elaine Chao came to the United States as a child and has had an unwavering faith in the American dream ever since. From knowing no English to becoming the first Asian Pacific woman on the U.S. cabinet, Elaine has been a trailblazer for immigrant women and women of color. She had the longest term as Secretary of Labor since WWII and worked tirelessly to promote women throughout it. Chao is married to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

 

 

In November 2016, Chao, who was Secretary of Labor under President George W. Bush, was nominated Transportation Secretary by President-elect Donald Trump.