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Elaine Chao

24th U.S. Secretary of Labor

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Former Secretary of Labor, Elaine Chao discusses coming to the US from Taiwan on a cargo ship, growing up as her family worked to make ends meet, and dealing with prejudice as an Asian women in politics. 
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.

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