President-elect Donald Trump has selected Elaine Chao, the former labor secretary and spouse of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, to be his choice for transportation secretary, an official briefed on the matter informed reporters at CNN on Tuesday.
The announcement is expected to come this afternoon.
Chao aided as secretary of labor under President George W. Bush from 2001 through 2009 -- the longest tenure in the position since World War II -- and has been married to McConnell since 1993. She was the first Asian-American woman to serve in a Cabinet position.
Chao also served as the deputy secretary of transportation under President George H.W. Bush from 1989 to 1991. Following her stage of government, Chao has held a position as an acclaimed fellow at the Heritage Foundation in addition to conducting media appearances.
At the Transportation Department, Chao would have a key role in helping Trump get an infrastructure spending bill passed via Congress and start government-backed works projects -- a role likely to be complicated by her relationship with McConnell, who will also be an essential player in any infrastructure bill negotiations.
But Chao wouldn't be the first transportation secretary confronted with such a conflict -- Elizabeth Dole served in the position from 1983 to 1987, while married to Sen. Bob Dole, who served as majority leader from 1985-1987.
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