Elaine Chao – Photo: U.S. Department of Labor.
Trump Cabinet, Cabinet-Level Nominee and Adviser Threat Gauge
Name: Elaine Chao
Position: Secretary of Transportation
LGBT record: Opposed LGBT nondiscrimination protections as President George W. Bush’s Labor Secretary. She has very little other record on LGBT issues, but has campaigned heavily for her husband, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who is vehemently anti-LGBT.
Threat Level: 🔥 🔥 — Small Campfire
President-elect Donald Trump has selected former Labor Secretary Elaine Chao as his next Secretary of Transportation.
Born in Taiwan, Chao and her family immigrated to the United States when she was eight years old. Chao has plenty of experience in the federal government, not only from her own stint as Secretary of Labor under President George W. Bush, but as deputy secretary of transportation under George H.W. Bush.
While Chao’s personal views on LGBT rights issues are largely unknown, she did serve in two presidential administrations that were generally considered hostile to LGBT rights.
She has also fiercely defended her husband, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, during his re-election campaigns. McConnell has opposed nearly every pro-LGBT piece of legislation introduced in the U.S. Senate since he was first elected to the chamber in 1984.
Chao’s resume also includes a stint at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, and as a commentator on the right-leaning FOX News channel. She sits on the board of directors for News Corporation, FOX’s parent company.