Trump’s selection of Chao as transportation secretary means detour for Mica

U.S. Rep. John Mica
U.S. Rep. John Mica

President-elect Donald Trump’s selection of former Labor Secretary Elaine Chao as his transportation secretary is a detour for outgoing U.S. Rep. John Mica, a Winter Park Republican some Floridians saw as a likely contender for the post.

Chao 63, was labor secretary under President George W. Bush and the first Asian-American woman on a president’s Cabinet. She is the wife of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.

Trump’s announcement is expected to be made Tuesday afternoon.

Mica was defeated after 24 years in Congress this month by Democrat Stephanie Murphy. A brother, Dan Mica, formerly represented parts of Palm Beach and Broward counties in Congress.

Mica, chair of the House subcommittee on Transportation and Public Assets, and on another panel which oversees transportation spending, was available and talked up among Florida Republicans as a possible Trump appointee.

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