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Encyclopedia > Elaine Chao
Elaine L. Chao
趙小蘭


Incumbent
Assumed office 
January 29, 2001
President George W. Bush
Preceded by Alexis Herman

In office
1991 – 1992
President George H. W. Bush
Preceded by Paul Coverdell
Succeeded by Carol Bellamy

Born March 26, 1953 (1953-03-26) (age 54)
Taipei, Taiwan
Political party Republican
Spouse Mitch McConnell

Elaine Lan Chao (traditional Chinese: 趙小蘭; pinyin: Zhào Xiǎolán; Wade-Giles: Chao Hsiao-lan;[1] born March 26, 1953) currently serves as the 24th United States Secretary of Labor in the Cabinet of President George W. Bush. She is the first Chinese American[2], and the first Asian-American woman to be appointed to a President's cabinet in American history. Chao is the President's only original cabinet member, making her the longest serving cabinet member during President Bush's administration.[3] Image File history File links Elaine_Chao_large. ... Seal of the United States Department of Labor Secretary of Labor redirects here. ... Open seat redirects here. ... is the 29th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... George Walker Bush (born July 6, 1946) is the forty-third and current President of the United States of America, originally inaugurated on January 20, 2001. ... The official portrait of Alexis Herman hangs in the Department of Labor Alexis Margaret Herman (born July 16, 1947 in Mobile, Alabama) served as the 23rd U.S. Secretary of Labor under President Bill Clinton. ... It has been suggested that Crisis corps be merged into this article or section. ... Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the 1991 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... George Herbert Walker Bush (born June 12, 1924) was the 41st President of the United States, serving from 1989 to 1993. ... Paul Douglas Coverdell (January 20, 1939 – July 19, 2000) was a United States Senator from Georgia and was also the director of the Peace Corps from 1989 until 1991. ... Carol Bellamy, (born January 14, 1942), is the President and CEO of World Learning, and President of its School for International Training. ... March 26 is the 85th day of the year (86th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... January 7 - President Harry S. Truman announces the United States has developed a hydrogen bomb. ... This article is about the city. ... GOP redirects here. ... Addison Mitchell Mitch McConnell, Jr. ... Traditional Chinese characters refers to one of two standard sets of printed Chinese characters. ... Pinyin, more formally called Hanyu Pinyin (Simplified Chinese: ; Traditional Chinese: ; Pinyin: ), is the most common variant of Standard Mandarin romanization system in use. ... Wade-Giles, sometimes abbreviated Wade, is a Romanization (phonetic notation and transliteration) system for the Chinese language based on Mandarin. ... March 26 is the 85th day of the year (86th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... January 7 - President Harry S. Truman announces the United States has developed a hydrogen bomb. ... Seal of the United States Department of Labor Secretary of Labor redirects here. ... The Cabinet meets in the Cabinet Room on May 16, 2001. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  US Government Portal      For other uses, see President of the United States (disambiguation). ... George Walker Bush (born July 6, 1946) is the forty-third and current President of the United States of America, originally inaugurated on January 20, 2001. ... A Chinese American is an American who is of ethnic Chinese descent. ...

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Childhood and education

Chao was born in Taipei, Taiwan, to James S. C. Chao (趙錫成 Zhào Xīchéng), a Shanghainese entrepreneur, and Ruth Mu-lan Chu (朱木蘭 Zhū Mùlán), a historian. Her parents had fled to Taiwan from mainland China after the Chinese Communists took over as a result of the Chinese Civil War in 1949. At the age of eight, Elaine Chao and her family immigrated to the United States, where her father had already settled a few years earlier. She attended Syosset High School on Long Island, New York. This article is about the city. ... For other uses, see Shanghai (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Historian (disambiguation). ... Belligerents Nationalist Party of China Communist Party of China Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Mao Zedong Strength 4,300,000 (July 1946) 3,650,000 (June 1948) 1,490,000 (June 1949) 1,200,000 (July 1946) 2,800,000 (June 1948) 4,000,000 (June 1949) The Chinese Civil War... Syosset High School, located on Southwoods Road in Syosset, New York, USA is the only high school for residents of the Syosset Central School District. ... This article is about Long Island in New York State. ...


Chao received her B.A. in Economics from Mount Holyoke College in 1975 and her MBA from the Harvard Business School. She also studied at MIT, Dartmouth College, and Columbia University. She is the recipient of 60 honorary doctoral degrees from colleges and universities around the world. Mount Holyoke College is a liberal arts womens college in South Hadley, Massachusetts. ... MBA redirects here. ... Harvard Business School, officially named the Harvard Business School: George F. Baker Foundation, and also known as HBS, is one of the graduate schools of Harvard University. ... “MIT” redirects here. ... Dartmouth College is a private, coeducational university located in Hanover, New Hampshire, USA. Incorporated as Trustees of Dartmouth College,[6][7] it is a member of the Ivy League and one of the nine colonial colleges founded before the American Revolution. ... Alma Mater Columbia University is a private university in the United States and a member of the Ivy League. ...


Career

George H.W. Bush Administration

In 1986, Chao returned to Washington D.C. as Deputy Administrator of the Maritime Administration in the US Department of Transportation. From 1988 to 1989, she served as Chairwoman of the Federal Maritime Commission. Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ... Aerial photo (looking NW) of the Washington Monument and the White House in Washington, DC. Washington, D.C., officially the District of Columbia (also known as D.C.; Washington; the Nations Capital; the District; and, historically, the Federal City) is the capital city and administrative district of the United... The Maritime Administration (MARAD) was established in 1950 and continues as an part of the United States Department of Transportation. ... The United States Department of Transportation (DOT) is a Cabinet department of the United States government concerned with transport. ... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ...


In 1989, President George H. W. Bush nominated Chao to be Deputy Secretary of Transportation, the number two position in the department. From 1991 to 1992, Chao was Director of the Peace Corps. She was the first Asian American to serve in all these positions. She expanded the Peace Corps's presence in Eastern Europe and Central Asia by establishing the first Peace Corps programs in Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Poland, and the newly independent states of the former Soviet Union. Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ... George Herbert Walker Bush (born June 12, 1924) was the 41st President of the United States, serving from 1989 to 1993. ... Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the 1991 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... It has been suggested that Crisis corps be merged into this article or section. ... An Asian American is a person of Asian ancestry or origin who was born in or is an immigrant to the United States. ... Statistical regions of Europe as delineated by the United Nations (UN definition of Eastern Europe marked red):  Northern Europe  Western Europe  Eastern Europe  Southern Europe Pre-1989 division between the West (grey) and Eastern Bloc (orange) superimposed on current borders: Russia (dark orange), other countries formerly part of the USSR... Map of Central Asia showing three sets of possible boundaries for the region Central Asia located as a region of the world Central Asia is a vast landlocked region of Asia. ...


United Way and Heritage Foundation

Following her service in the government, Chao worked for four years as President and Chief Executive Officer of United Way of America. She is credited with returning credibility and public trust back to the organization after an embarrassing financial mismanagement scandal involving former United Way of America president Bill Aramony. From 1996 until her appointment as Secretary of Labor, Chao was a Distinguished Fellow with the Heritage Foundation, a Washington think tank. The United Way of America is a coalition of charitable organizations in the United States that have traditionally pooled efforts in fundraising. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... The Heritage Foundation is one of the most prominent conservative think tanks in the United States. ...


Achievements as Labor Secretary

During Secretary Chao's tenure, the Department has updated the white collar overtime regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act, which has been on the agenda of every Administration since 1977. For the first time in history, overtime protection is now explicitly guaranteed for blue collar workers, police, firefighters, EMT's, factory workers, construction workers and hourly workers. The most significant regulatory tort reform of President Bush's first term, the new regulations provided millions of workers with strengthened overtime protection. In 2003, the Department achieved the first major update of union financial disclosure regulations in more than 40 years, giving rank and file members enhanced information on how their dues are spent. The Department has set new worker protection enforcement records, including recovering record back wages for vulnerable low wage immigrant workers. The Department has also launched comprehensive reform of the nation's publicly funded worker training programs. In 2006 and 2007, the Department successfully implemented the Mine Improvement and New Emergency Response Act of 2006 (MINER Act). On August 17, 2006, President Bush signed the Pension Protection Act, which protects the 44 million workers whose retirement security rests upon private sector defined benefit pension plans.


After Donald Rumsfeld had stepped down from his position as Secretary of Defense in November 2006, she became the only original Cabinet member still serving in the Bush Administration in the same position to which she was appointed. Donald Henry Rumsfeld (born July 9, 1932) is a businessman, a U.S. Republican politician, the 13th Secretary of Defense under President Gerald Ford from 1975 to 1977, and the 21st Secretary of Defense under President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2006. ... The United States Secretary of Defense is the head of the United States Department of Defense, concerned with the armed services and The Secretary is a member of the Presidents Cabinet. ...


Timeline

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Family

Elaine Chao is married to Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Republican Leader of the United States Senate. She is the eldest of six girls in her family. Addison Mitchell Mitch McConnell, Jr. ... Official language(s) English[1] Capital Frankfort Largest city Louisville Area  Ranked 37th  - Total 40,444 sq mi (104,749 km²)  - Width 140 miles (225 km)  - Length 379 miles (610 km)  - % water 1. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  US Government Portal      The Senate Majority and Minority Leaders (also called Senate Floor Leaders) are two... Type Upper House President of the Senate Richard B. Cheney, R since January 20, 2001 President pro tempore Robert C. Byrd, D since January 4, 2007 Members 100 Political groups Democratic Party Republican Party Last elections November 7, 2006 Meeting place Senate Chamber United States Capitol Washington, DC United States...


Notes and references

  1. ^ Hsiao-lan means "little orchid." Elaine Chao has four sisters, three of whom also have names starting with "Little" (Xiao). They are: Xiao-mei (小美, little beauty), Xiao-pu (小甫), Xiao-ting (小婷).
  2. ^ Press Briefing by Administration Officials on American Competitiveness Initiative (February 1, 2006), retrieved July 27, 2006
  3. ^ Chao becomes fifth-longest-serving Secretary of Labor. Peace Corps Online. Retrieved on 2007-12-21.

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Preceded by
Paul Coverdell
Director of the Peace Corps
19911992
Succeeded by
Carol Bellamy
Preceded by
Alexis Herman
United States Secretary of Labor
Served Under: George W. Bush

2001 – present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Carlos Gutierrez
United States order of precedence
as of 2007
Succeeded by
Michael Leavitt
Persondata
NAME Chao, Elaine
ALTERNATIVE NAMES Chao, Elaine Lao
SHORT DESCRIPTION 24th United States Secretary of Labor
DATE OF BIRTH March 26, 1953
PLACE OF BIRTH Taipei, Taiwan
DATE OF DEATH
PLACE OF DEATH
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Wikipedia: Elaine Chao (450 words)
Born in Taipei, Taiwan to James S. Chao (趙錫成 Zhào Xīchéng), a Shanghainese businessman, and Ruth Mu-lan Chu (朱木蘭 Zhū Mùlán), a historian, Elaine Chao immigrated to the United States at the age of eight, Chao studied economics at Mount Holyoke College and received an MBA from Harvard Business School.
From 1996 until her appointment as Secretary of Labor, Chao was a Distinguished Fellow with the Heritage Foundation, a conservative Washington think-tank.
Elaine Chao is married to Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Majority Whip of the United States Senate.
Elaine Chao - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (674 words)
Born Chao Hsiao-lan in Taipei, Taiwan to James S. Chao (趙錫成 Zhào Xīchéng), a Shanghainese entrepreneur, and Ruth Mu-lan Chu (朱木蘭 Zhū Mùlán), a historian, Elaine Chao immigrated to the United States at the age of eight.
Chao received her B.A. in Economics from Mount Holyoke College in 1975 and her MBA from the Harvard Business School.
On January 20, 2004, the overdue 2004 spending bill to which Chao's proposals were attached failed to obtain the 60-vote supermajority in the United States Senate needed to end debate and allow a second vote necessary for final passage.
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