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Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao Resigns
By Kentucky News Network
WASHINGTON - Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, who is the wife of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, is resigning because of Wednesday's riot at the U.S. Capitol. 

Chao says in a statement the violence in the halls of Congress was entirely avoidable. She said she was deeply troubled in a way she can't set aside. 

Chao said that her last day will be on January 11 and that she will help Pete Buttigieg, who was named by President-elect Joe Biden as her successor, as he prepares to take over the department in the coming weeks.

She joins a growing list of officials, including deputy national security adviser Matt Pottinger and John Costello, the Commerce Department's deputy assistant secretary for intelligence and security, who stepped down in the wake of the riots.

Chao served as Secretary of Labor under President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2009. On January 31, 2017, she became the head of the Department of Transportation.

 


Published 05:43 AM, Friday Jan. 08, 2021
Updated 06:21 AM, Friday Jan. 08, 2021

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