Infrastructure, Innovation Top Thune Discussion with Designated Secretary of Transportation Nominee Elaine Chao

December 6, 2016

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, issued the following statement following a meeting this morning with President-elect Donald Trump’s designated nominee for Secretary of Transportation, Elaine Chao.

“Having previously served in the cabinet, Secretary Chao’s experience in the executive branch will be an asset to President-elect Trump and his administration. This morning, we discussed infrastructure needs and challenges, including the unique needs of rural states, as well as the Department of Transportation’s role in overseeing the development of advancements in cutting-edge transportation systems like self-driving vehicles and unmanned aircraft systems.”

“Secretary Chao has been through the Senate confirmation process before and understands the precedents and disclosures our committee has, on a bipartisan basis, required of past nominees. She brings a valuable perspective and experience back into public service and I look forward to working with her on infrastructure investment legislation and other important transportation initiatives.”

The Senate Commerce Committee has legislative jurisdiction for the Department of Transportation including nominations subject to Senate confirmation.