NBAA Issues Statement on Nomination of Elaine Chao As Transportation Secretary

Contact: Dan Hubbard,

Washington, DC, Nov. 29, 2016 – National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) President and CEO Ed Bolen today issued the following statement regarding the announcement, made today, that President-elect Donald Trump has chosen Elaine Chao to be his choice for Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary:

“We know that investment in infrastructure, including for aviation, is a priority for the incoming Trump administration, and the DOT secretary will be key in making this priority a reality. We congratulate Elaine Chao on her nomination to the position, and we look forward to working with her to continue promoting general aviation, and building on the progress being made toward a Next Generation aviation system that serves and protects all stakeholders and communities.”

Chao has extensive experience in policy leadership, including previous service at the DOT as deputy secretary in the administration of President George H.W. Bush, from 1989-1991. She was the first Asian-American woman to serve in a cabinet position, as labor secretary under President George W. Bush from 2001-2009. Chao also served as deputy administrator of the Maritime Administration, then chairwoman of the Federal Maritime Commission.

She was a member of President-elect Trump’s Asian-Pacific American advisory council during his campaign. 


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