DOT Secretary Chao resigns in wake of riots at U.S. Capitol

January 7, 2021

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, who has been part of President Trump’s cabinet since his first weeks in office, will resign in wake of the riots at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday.

Chao announced her departure on Twitter on Thursday, adding that she would help transition her presumed successor, former Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, into the role of Secretary of Transportation and head of the Department of Transportation.