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Secretary of Transportation-designate Elaine Chao testifies at her confirmation hearing before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee. Listening are her father, James Chao, left, and husband, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Zach Gibson/AP hide caption

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Elaine Chao arrived at Trump Tower last week to meet with President-elect Donald Trump. On Tuesday, he announced she was his pick to lead the Department of Transportation. Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and his wife Elaine Chao at last summer's Republican National Convention in Tampa. Mike Thelier /UPI /Landov hide caption

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