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Elaine Chao returns to Heritage Foundation

WASHINGTON Former Labor Secretary Elaine Chao will return to The Heritage Foundation next month as a Distinguished Fellow. In 2001, Chao was serving as a Heritage Distinguished Fellow and chairing the think tanks Asian Studies Center Advisory Council, when George W. Bush tabbed her to become the nations 24th secretary of labor. The first woman of Asian descent to be appointed to a Cabinet position, she went on to become the longest serving Secretary of Labor since World War II. “We are delighted to welcome Elaine back home and have her counsel on critical policy issues once again,” Heritage President Ed Feulner said When Chao resumes her chair at Heritage, she will concentrate on international policy, labor, nonprofit and philanthropy issues. Born in Taiwan, Chao immigrated to the United States at age 8. She received her bachelors degree in economics from Mount Holyoke College in 1975 and an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1979. She also has studied at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dartmouth College, Columbia University, and has received 31 honorary doctoral degrees. She is married to United States Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, of Kentucky.

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