By Dean Franks, vice president of congressional affairs, ARTBA

President-elect Donald Trump Nov. 29 nominated Elaine Chao to be the next U.S. transportation secretary. Once confirmed, she would manage the agency’s annual $98.1 billion budget and oversee 56,000 employees.

Chao has a long and distinguished career in public service. She helped lead federal highway, transit and aviation programs as deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) during the George H.W. Bush administration. She was labor secretary through both terms of the George W. Bush administration. Earlier, Chao was deputy administrator of the U.S. DOT’s Maritime Administration, and chairwoman of the Federal Maritime Commission. Read full article…