Bradley Belt picked to lead PBGC

WASHINGTON, April 22 (UPI) -- Bradley Belt has been selected to be executive director of the U.S. Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp., the nation's retirement income watchdog.

Labor Dept. changes overtime rules

WASHINGTON, April 20 (UPI) -- The U.S. Department of Labor Tuesday issued rules that expand the number of white-collar workers eligible for overtime pay.

Chao announces skilled trades initiative

WASHINGTON, April 6 (UPI) -- U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao announced Tuesday a new federal initiative aimed at attracting young people into skilled trade occupations.

Chao honored by women business leaders

WASHINGTON, March 23 (UPI) -- A women's business group is honoring U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine Chao for her efforts to assist women entrepreneurs.

Feature: Show us the jobs

WASHINGTON, March 22 (UPI) -- The AFL-CIO building on 16th St. by Lafayette Square faces the White House on the side of the building where a bright sign taunts the Oval Office -- "Show Us the Jobs." This has been the theme of the union confederation since early on in the Bush adminis
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$24M to address health worker shortages

BALTIMORE, March 13 (UPI) -- Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao has announced a $24 million initiative to address health care worker shortages in the United States.

Bush to visit Cleveland on Wednesday

WASHINGTON, March 6 (UPI) -- The White House's effort to woo swing voters in this fall's general election has begun to focus on Ohio, the Toledo Blade reported Saturday.

Job market still remains weak

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Veto threat on Senate pension reform bill

WASHINGTON, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- Bush administration officials warned Friday a presidential veto was possible over pension reform legislation pending in the Senate.

Chao warns of dangers to U.S. from NGOs

ARLINGTON, Va., Jan. 22 (UPI) -- Non-governmental organizations should "be at the top of every conservative's watch list," U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine Chao said Thursday.

Chao gives Spector smackdown on overtime

WASHINGTON, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine Chao has denied a public request from Pennsylvania's senior senator to delay loosening the nation's overtime rules.

US jobs data disappoints workers, Wall St.

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New fed rules to help faith-based groups

WASHINGTON, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- The Bush administration Monday announced new regulations it will use to allow faith-based organizations to receive federal funding.

Bush and team tout economic recovery

CRAWFORD, Texas, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- Amid a U.S. economy that continues to give mixed signals, President George W. Bush said after meeting with economic advisers at his Texas ranch Wednesday that h
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Enron officials sued over pension plans

HOUSTON, June 26 (UPI) -- The Labor Department Thursday sued Enron Corp. and about 20 executives on charges of helping cause the loss of hundreds of millions of dollars to pensioners.
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Elaine Chao
Building industry leaders and union presidents meet with Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao to discuss the lack of skilled laborers in the building industry on April 6, 2004, in Washington. (UPI Photo/Roger L. Wollenberg)

Elaine Lan Chao (traditional Chinese: 趙小蘭; pinyin: Zhào Xiǎolán; Wade-Giles: Chao Hsiao-lan; born March 26, 1953) served as the 24th United States Secretary of Labor in the Cabinet of President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2009. She was the first Chinese American and the first Asian American woman to be appointed to a President's cabinet in American history. Chao was the only cabinet member to serve under George W. Bush for his entire administration. She is married to U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky), the current U.S. Senate Minority Leader.

The eldest of six daughters, 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 emigrated to the United States, where her father had already settled a few years earlier. She attended Syosset High School on Long Island, New York.

Chao received her B.A. in Economics from Mount Holyoke College in 1975 and her MBA from the Harvard Business School in 1979. Chao also studied at MIT, Dartmouth College, and Columbia University.

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