Chao Stepping Down as Transportation Secretary

U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao will leave her post on Jan. 11.

Although Chao referenced Wednesday’s riots at the U.S. Capitol in her resignation letter, she would have been leaving office later this month anyway due to the inauguration of a new president.

Chao in a letter to DOT employees called the storming of the Capitol “a traumatic and entirely avoidable event. It has deeply troubled me in a way that I simply cannot set aside.”

President-elect Joseph Biden has nominated Pete Buttigieg as the next transportation secretary.

In her letter to DOT employees, Chao said she was “tremendously proud of the many accomplishments we were able to achieve together for our country.”

She pledged to help Buttigieg in the transition to become head of DOT.

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