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
- May 11, 2010 at 9:36 AM EDT
Secretary LaHood writes about Merchant Marine Academy grad who helped lead evacuation of Deepwater Horizon.
- April 19, 2010 at 12:14 PM EDT
Secretary LaHood discusses his visit with FAA airport support in Haiti.
- April 9, 2010 at 1:54 PM EDT
Secretary LaHood speaks with man from Gillig Corporation, a manufacturing company that has been helped by Recovery Act grants.
- April 2, 2010 at 12:45 PM EDT
Secretary LaHood tours Amtrak repair facility, touts jobs in Beech Grove, IN.
- March 3, 2010 at 6:40 PM EDT
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood talks about his time at Hart Middle School.
- January 28, 2010 at 7:02 PM EDT
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood talks about the high speed rail grants.
Good ideas from good people; GreenGov Challenge rounds final turn with nearly 6,000 sustainability suggestionsOctober 26, 2009 at 11:42 AM EDT
Department of Transportation Secretary, Ray LaHood, encourages federal and military personnel to visit WH.gov/GreenGov and submit clean energy ideas before the GreenGov Challenge comes to a close this Saturday, October 31st.
- October 2, 2009 at 9:40 AM EDT
- September 29, 2009 at 2:40 PM EDT
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