Elaine Chao is an American executive and public servant who is currently serving as the 18th United States Secretary of Transportation in the cabinet of President Donald Trump. She previously served as the 24th United States Secretary of Labor under the George W. Bush administration. Born in Taiwan to Chinese parents, she immigrated to the US at the age of eight and became a naturalized citizen of the country at 19. A Harvard graduate, she began her career as a banker, and after serving in several senior positions in the Department of Transportation, was appointed Deputy Secretary of Transportation by George H. W. Bush. She was the first Asian-Pacific-American to serve in the post, as well as on other positions like Deputy Administrator of the Maritime Administration, Chairwoman of the Federal Maritime Commission, and Director of the Peace Corps. She has been accused of potential conflicts of interest, both concerning her husband, Kentucky Senator and Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell, and her father's company, Foremost Group.