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    US Vice President Mike Pence swore in Elaine Chao as the Department of Transportation Secretary after she was overwhelmingly confirmed by the Senate in a 93-6 vote, the White House said in a press release.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Chao took the oath of office at 5:21 p.m. EST (10:21 p.m. GMT), signed it, and Pence signed it afterwards to make it official, the release added.

    “President [Donald] Trump and I are appreciative that once again you [Chao] have answered the call to serve America and advance the interests of the people of this country,” Pence said in the release on Tuesday. “Your leadership and your experience will serve us well as the secretary of transportation.”

    Chao was joined by her husband US Senate Majority Mitch McConnell and her family, the release said.

    Trump nominated Chao to head the US Department of Transportation in November, 2016.

    Chao previously served as Deputy Secretary of Transportation and Secretary of Labor.

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