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Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao to resign in aftermath of demonstrators breaching U.S. Capitol

The secretary says she will assist with the transition of her successor, former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, Pete Buttigieg.

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Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao
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Updated: January 7, 2021 - 3:03pm

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Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said Thursday that she is resigning, following Pro-Trump demonstrators a day earlier forcing their was into the U.S. Capitol Building.

Chao, the wife of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, made the announcement in a Twitter post in which she said:  "It has been the honor of a lifetime to serve the U.S. Department of Transportation," but that she is "deeply troubled" by the events of yesterday "in a way that I simply cannot set aside." 

The secretary's statement confirms that she will assist with the transition of her success, Peter Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, who was a breakout star in he 2020 Democratic presidential primary. Chao's resignation will take effect on Monday.