Elaine Chao has already shown friendliness toward the “sharing economy.”
President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for U.S. Secretary of Transportation is likely a boon for ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft.
On Tuesday, Trump announced that he’s selected Elaine Chao to lead the Department of Transportation during his presidency. Chao, who is married to U.S. Senator and Majority leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), was previously the Secretary of Labor under George W. Bush, and Deputy Secretary of Transportation under President George H. W. Bush.
While not much is known about her stance on self-driving cars—an important area for pretty much very transportation or auto company today—she seems quite friendly to the so-called “sharing economy.” Chao expressed support for the idea that an increasing number of Americans will take part in the “gig economy” and work part-time for more than one employer when she spoke at an American Action Forum event a year ago. (Hat tip to former Fortune editor Dan Primack for spotting this.)
originally posted by– http://fortune.com/2016/11/29/elaine-chao-transportation-uber-lyft/