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Elaine L. Chao

Elaine L. Chao, former United States Secretary of Labor. Recipient Young Achiever award, National Council Women United States, Inc., 1986, Outstanding Alumni award, Harvard Business School, 1993; fellow Eisenhower Association, 1984. Member of Council Foreign Relations, Harvard Club.

Background

  • Chao, Elaine L. Daughter of James South Carolina and Ruth Master of Laws (Chu) Chao.

  • Education

    • AB, Mount Holyoke College, 1975. Master of Business Administration, Harvard University, 1979. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Villanova University, 1989.

      Doctor of Laws (honorary), St. John's University, 1991. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Sacred Heart University, 1991. Doctor of Laws (honorary), University Notre Dame, 1998.

      Doctor of Laws (honorary), St. Marys College, 2002. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Fu-Jen Catholic University, 2003. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Catholic University America, 2004.

      Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Niagara University, 1992. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Bellarmine College, 1995. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), University Toledo, 1995.

      Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Goucher College, 1996. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), University Louisville, 1996. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), University South Carolina, 2001.

      Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Northern Alabama University, 2003. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Centre College, 2003. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Wingate University, 2004.

      DHum (honorary), Drexel University, 1992. DHum (honorary), Thomas More College, 1994. DHum (honorary), Kentucky Wesleyan College, 1998.

      D Arts & Letters (honorary), Miami-Dade Community College, 2001. Doctor of Public Administration (honorary), Campbellsville University, 2002. Doctor of Public Administration (honorary), Northern Kentucky University, 2004.

      D Public Services (honorary), DePauw University, 2002. Doctor in Organizational Leadership (honorary), Regent University, 2003.

    Career

    • Associate Gulf Oil Corporation, Pittsburgh, 1978. Senior lending officer Citicorp, NA, New York City, 1979-1983. Vice president, capital markets group Bank of America Corporation, San Francisco, 1984-1986.

      Deputy maritime administrator United States Department Transportation, Washington, 1986-1988, chairman, Federal Maritime Commission, 1988, deputy secretary, 1989-1991. Board directors Peace Corps., 1991—1992. President United Way of America, Alexandria, Virginia, 1992-1996.

      Distinguished fellow The Heritage Foundation, Washington, 1996—2001, since 2009. Member 24th United States Secretary of Labor, 2001—2009. President cabinet, 1996—2001.

      Board directors Dole Food Company, Inc. White House fellow, 1983—1984. Adjunct assistant professor St. John's University Graduate School Business Administration, New York, 1984.

      Board directors American Council Young Political Leaders, 1989.

    Politics

    Party affiliation: Republican

    Membership

    Member of Council Foreign Relations, Harvard Club.

    Connections

    • Married Mitch McConnell, February 6, 1993.
    • father: James South Carolina
    • mother: Ruth Master
    • spouse: Mitch McConnell
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    Nationality
    • 1975
      Mount Holyoke College
    • 1979
      Harvard University
    • 1989
      Villanova University
    • 1991
      St. John's University
    • 1991
      Sacred Heart University
    • 1998
      University Notre Dame
    • 2002
      St. Marys College
    • 2003
      Fu-jen Catholic University
    • 2004
      Catholic University America
    • 1992
      Niagara University
    • 1995
      Bellarmine College
    • 1995
      University Toledo
    • 1996
      Goucher College
    • 1996
      University Louisville
    • 2001
      University South Carolina
    • 2003
      Northern Alabama University
    • 2003
      Centre College
    • 2004
      Wingate University
    • 1992
      Drexel University
    • 1994
      Thomas More College
    • 1998
      Kentucky Wesleyan College
    • 2001
      Miami-Dade Community College
    • 2002
      Campbellsville University
    • 2004
      No. Kentucky University
    • 2002
      DePauw University
    • 2003
      Regent University
    • 1978
      Associate, Gulf Oil Corporation
      Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
    • 1979 - 1983
      senior, lending officer Citicorp
      Nå, Hordaland, Norway
    • 1984 - 1986
      vice president
      San Francisco, California, United States
    • 1986 - 1988
      deputy maritime administrator, United States Department Transportation
      Washington, United States
    • 1991 - 1992
      board director, s Peace Corps
    • 1992 - 1996
      president, United Way of America
      Alexandria, Al Iskandariyah, Egypt
    • 1996 - 2001
      distinguished fellow, The Heritage Foundation
      Washington, United States
    • 1996 - 2001
      president, cabinet
    • 2001 - 2009
      member, 24th United States Secretary of Labor
    • 2009
      distinguished fellow, The Heritage Foundation
      Washington, United States
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