Elaine Chao sworn in as transportation secretary

Elaine Chao sworn in as transportation secretary

January 31st, 2017 by Associated Press in Politics National

FILE - In this Nov. 21, 2016 file photo, Transportation Secretary-designate Elaine Chao arrives at Trump Tower in New York. Chao is facing questions from senators seeking insights into how the Trump administration plans to implement the president-elect’s promise to generate $1 trillion in infrastructure spending and to regulate self-driving cars and drones, among other concerns. )AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

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WASHINGTON — Elaine Chao has been sworn in by Vice President Mike Pence as the next transportation secretary following her Senate confirmation.

Chao served as labor secretary for eight years under President George W. Bush. She is the wife of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. McConnell attended the swearing-in ceremony.

Chao is expected to take a leading role in President Donald Trump's goal of investing $1 trillion in infrastructure to improve highways, rail service and bridges.

Chao was deputy transportation secretary under President George H.W. Bush.