Three million new jobs have been created in the past 21 months and construction employment and spending are at an all-time highJob market remains patchy Mar 04, 2005
If nothing is done, the financial integrity of the PBGC will be compromised and the pension security of 34 million workers and retirees will be more at riskU.S. seeks stricter pension rules Jan 11, 2005
John Henshaw has been a tremendous leader at OSHA, charting a new course for the agency that has helped make workers safer and healthier than before. We want to keep the momentum going in this same direction by advancing some of the individuals who have helped achieve these resultsChao taps new acting head for OSHA Dec 14, 2004
This administration is dedicated to helping dislocated workers get back on their feetU.S. Labor Dept. to aid Calif. workers Aug 16, 2004
Bred Belt has an impressive array of experiences in the private, public and non-profit sectors. His financial expertise will be very valuable in protecting the retirement security of millions of American workersBradley Belt picked to lead PBGC Apr 22, 2004
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.