Congressman Andy Barr (KY-06) issued the following statement after President-Elect Donald Trump announced he would nominate Secretary Elaine L. Chao to head the Department of Transportation in his administration:

“There is no one better suited to help President-Elect Trump carry out his goal of modernizing and upgrading America’s failing infrastructure than Secretary Elaine Chao.  As a former Deputy Secretary of Transportation, Director of the Peace Corps, President and CEO of the United Way, and Secretary of Labor, Secretary Chao is not only supremely qualified for this role but she has demonstrated that she can lead and reform large organizations and bureaucracies.  Secretary Chao’s nomination is also a tremendous honor for the Commonwealth of Kentucky to have one of our own recognized for such an important post.”

“Congratulations to Secretary Chao and her family, and I look forward to working with her to improve our nation’s and Kentucky’s transportation infrastructure.”