Trump Names Chao Secretary of Transportation President-elect Donald Trump
has named Elaine Chao as the Secretary of Transportation for his administration. Chao, the 24th U.S. Secretary of Labor (under the George W. Bush administration) serving from 2001-2009, was the longest serving Secretary of Labor since World War II, and was the only member of President Bush’s original cabinet to serve the entire eight years of his administration.
ardent supporter of the industry. “There is nobody better qualified...” said SIU President Michael Sacco. “Throughout her time in government, Elaine Chao has long been a steadfast friend to the SIU and to maritime labor. The industry has no better supporter … she has stood up to defend the Jones Act, the Maritime Security Program, cargo preference and the other key programs that keep our industry alive. She under-
Throughout her time in government, Elaine Chao has long been a steadfast friend to the SIU and to maritime labor. Chao’s government service includes serving as Deputy Secretary at the U.S. Department of Transportation; as Chairman of the Federal Maritime Commission; and as Deputy of the U.S. Maritime Administration. She was also the former Director of the Peace Corps. The news of Chao’s appointment was met with praise by many in the industry. The American Maritime Partnership said, “with vast experience across the maritime industry … Secretary Chao understands the critical role our industry plays in advancing the nation’s economic and national security.” The Seafarers International Union echoed the sentiment, stating Chao was an
stands the importance of providing jobs to America’s working families, and she has seen firsthand the value of the United State Merchant Marine to our nation’s defense and prosperity.” The Shipbuilders Council of America applauded the appointment stating that Chao “understands the critical nature of the Jones Act and its role in maintaining the U.S. shipyard industrial base,” which is integral for building and maintaining vessels for the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. Chao’s passion for the industry is a familial trait. Her father, James S.C. Chao, is Founder and Chairman of bulk shipping operator Foremost Maritime Group. December 2016 // Marine Log 11