WASHINGTON, Dec. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Latino Coalition (TLC), the leading national non-partisan advocacy organization representing Hispanic businesses and consumers, issued the following statement today regarding President-Elect Donald J. Trump's appointments of Chairman Tom Price, M.D. (R-GA) as Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Elaine Chao as Transportation Secretary:"The Latino Coalition applauds President-Elect Donald J. Trump's appointments for Secretary of HHS and Transportation Secretary," said Hector Barreto, The Latino Coalition Chairman and former U.S. Small Business Administrator. "The appointments of these two outstanding individuals should give the American people the utmost assurance that the President-Elect is considering only the best for his Cabinet.""Chairman Tom Price has been a loyal advocate and remarkable partner of The Latino Coalition. Price has made health care his life's work, making him uniquely qualified for the position of Secretary of Health and Human Services. As an orthopedic surgeon for most of his career, Price knows first-hand what true patient-centered health care should look like. He has been a fierce leader in the development of health policies and he will work arduously to reduce excessive regulatory burdens and repair this nation's health care system. We urge Dr. Price's swift confirmation," Barreto added."President-Elect Trump's nomination of Elaine Chao as Transportation Secretary should be commended," said Barreto. "Chao's story is that of the American Dream. As the first American woman of Asian descent to be appointed to a President's Cabinet in our nation's history, Chao achieved great results as Secretary of Labor. She is not only an exceptional choice with extensive experience in public service that will serve her well; she is a strong leader that will focus on the critical transportation issues needed to ensure U.S. economic growth and prosperity. We congratulate Elaine and look forward to working with her to strengthen our nation's infrastructure for years to come." ABOUT THE LATINO COALITION- The Latino Coalition (TLC) was founded in 1995 by a group of Hispanic business owners from across the country to research and develop policies solutions relevant to Latinos. TLC is a non-profit nationwide organization with offices in California, Washington, DC and Guadalajara, Mexico. Established to address and engage on key issues that that directly affect the well-being of Hispanics in the United States, TLC's agenda is to create and promote initiatives and partnerships that will foster economic equivalency and enhance and empower overall business, economic and social development for Latinos. Visit www.thelatinocoalition.com.