Mitch McConnell and Elaine Chao.

Senator Mitch McConnell and former Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao are a GOP power couple.
Chao has starred in campaign ads defending McConnell’s record on women’s issues.
McConnell, 81, was hospitalized Wednesday night after falling at a hotel in Washington, DC.

Mitch McConnell, 81, is the US Senate minority leader and one of the oldest lawmakers in the Senate.Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

He grew up in Alabama and Kentucky and became a senator for Kentucky in 1985.

Elaine Chao, 69, served as the US secretary of transportation under former President Donald Trump.Elaine Chao.

She previously served as US secretary of labor from 2001 to 2009. Chao moved to the US from Taiwan at age 8 and grew up in New York, according to ABC News.

McConnell and Chao met through a mutual friend, Stuart Bloch, in Washington, DC in the early 1990s.Mitch McConnell and Elaine Chao in 2002.

According to The New York Times, Bloch and McConnell met in the 1960s. Bloch was married to Julia Chang Bloch, who was a mentor of Chao’s.

Bloch invited McConnell to a candlelit dinner with Chao, and the couple hit it off right away.At the Republican National Convention in Cleveland on July 17, 2016.

“I don’t want to say that sparks flew,” Bloch told The New York Times in 2014, “because that’s not the way either of them is.” 

They married on February 6, 1993, in a private ceremony in the chapel of the US Capitol.Mitch McConnell and Elaine Chao pose before their marriage in the chapel of the US Capitol on February 6, 1993.

They chose that wedding date for three reasons, according to The Washington Post: It’s Ronald Reagan’s birthday, it was just before Chao’s 40th birthday, and it was right before a one-week Senate recess.

McConnell was previously married and has three children from that relationship.Mitch McConnell and Elaine Chao holding hands.

McConnell’s first wife, Sherrill Redmon, went on to become a feminist scholar. The two divorced in 1980.

In 1998, the couple told The Washington Post how they divide household labor.At the Republican National Convention in New York on Sept.1, 2004.

McConnell cooked once in a while and did the laundry; Chao was responsible for fixing things around the house, the Post reported.

Chao has often campaigned with her husband, becoming …read more

Source:: Business Insider


Inside the marriage of Elaine Chao and Mitch McConnell, a political power couple who met later in life

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