Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, a former Republican congressman from Illinois, is leaving his Cabinet job. LaHood's departure is the latest Cabinet turnover as President Barack Obama's second term gets going in earnest.
LaHood was among the most surprising Obama Cabinet picks. He joined the incoming Obama administration after representing the Peoria area in the House for 14 years. There he maintained a strongly conservative voting record, and close ties to then-House Speaker Dennis Hastert, a fellow Illini.
But as transportation secretary, LaHood fully embraced the Obama stimulus program, and other spending measures. "Ray LaHood was rare Republican in Obama admin. Trusted by Hastert to sit in chair for all tough votes in House," tweeted Steven Dennis (@StevenTDennis), White House reporter for CQ Roll Call.
Via USA Today.