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Ray LaHood became the 16th Secretary of Transportation on January 23, 2009. Secretary LaHood’s primary goals in implementing President Obama’s priorities for transportation include safety across all modes, restoring economic health and creating jobs, sustainability – shaping the economy of the coming decades by building new transportation infrastructure, and assuring that transportation policies focus on people who use the transportation system and their communities.
As Secretary of Transportation, LaHood leads an agency with more than 55,000 employees and a $70 billion budget that oversees air, maritime and surface transportation missions.
Secretary LaHood said he would bring President-elect Obama’s priorities to the Department and see them effectively implemented with a commitment to fairness across regional and party lines and between people who come to the issues with different perspectives.
Before becoming Secretary of Transportation, LaHood served for 14 years in the U.S. House of Representatives from the 18th District of Illinois (from 1995-2009). During that time he served on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and, after that, on the House Appropriations Committee. Prior to his election to the House, he served as Chief of Staff to U.S. Congressman Robert Michel, whom he succeeded in representing the 18th District, and as District Administrative Assistant to Congressman Thomas Railsback. He also served in the Illinois State Legislature.
Before his career in government, Secretary LaHood was a junior high school teacher, having received his degree from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. He was also director of the Rock Island County Youth Services Bureau and Chief planner for the Bi-States Metropolitan Planning Commission in Illinois.
LaHood and his wife, Kathy, have four children (Darin, Amy, Sam, and Sara) and nine grandchildren.
Secretary Ray LaHood's Posts
- September 8, 2010 at 11:26 AM EDT
The Department of Transportation and the Environmental Protection Agency produce new vehicle fuel economy labels and ask for public feedback on the proposed designs.
- September 7, 2010 at 3:23 PM EDT
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood looks at the President's new proposals on infrastructure along with what the Administration has already accomplished.
- August 30, 2010 at 11:08 AM EDT
Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood discusses what has been achieved since Hurricane Katrina, the ongoing work to restore area communities, and the department's continued commitment to helping Gulf residents rebuild.
- August 23, 2010 at 10:48 AM EDT
Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood lets Illinois State fairgoers know what the Administration has been up to in the fight against distracted driving.
Caldecott Tunnel Fourth Bore a Stimulus Success Story; Project to Add Desperately Needed Highway CapacityAugust 10, 2010 at 11:59 AM EDT
Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood discusses the nation's second largest highway project supported by the Recovery Act.
- July 29, 2010 at 11:11 AM EDT
Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood speaks at the Americas Roundtable on Energy and Climate Change at the Biennial of the Americas in Denver.
President Obama Breaks Ground on 10,000th Recovery Act Road Project; Let the Summer of Recovery begin!June 18, 2010 at 4:31 PM EDT
Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood writes about his trip to Ohio with the President. Also check out a new interactive state-by-state map.
- June 14, 2010 at 11:40 AM EDT
Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood discusses how the Recovery Act is helping to make our airports safer.
- May 19, 2010 at 9:39 AM EDT
Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood joins UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, US Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice, and Russian Ambassador to the UN Vitaly Churkin in launching a Global Call to Action on Ending Distracted Driving.
- May 14, 2010 at 2:28 PM EDT
Secretary LaHood talks about the new high-rail technology in Japan and China.
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