Investigation Launched Over McConnell Family Death

Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

( – Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s sister-in-law Angela Chao, the CEO of Foremost Group, a New York-based dry bulk shipping company, died after a car crash in Texas. The death is being investigated as a crime. 

Chao, who is the sister of former U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, had been found dead in her vehicle which was sinking in a pond in Johnson City. The New York Post had reported that the incident had occurred on Feb. 11. The ranch where the pond is located is owned by a business that has connections to Jim Breyer, her husband. 

On Thursday, a Blanco County Sheriff’s Office statement to the Austin American-Statesman claimed that there had been attempts by the emergency medical services personnel to save Chao but that she had died after being under water. Reportedly in a letter sent from BCSO to Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, it was noted that this was not a typical accident. 

Foremost Group was founded by Chao’s parents in 1964 in New York. Chao has spent years working for the company and took the reins in 2018, after having served as the vice president before. Chao had attended Harvard College where she earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and had graduated magna cum laude in only three years. She proceeded to attend Harvard Business School where she had written a case study on “Ocean Carriers” which was then made part of the required curriculum for HBS students in their first year. 

In 2016, Chair was appointed to the U.S. Risk and Management Committee of Bank of China U.S.A. chair. Throughout her career she has received many honors, including being an American Bureau of Shipping Council board member, as well as serving at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy’s International Maritime Business Department Advisory Board.

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