GOP's LaHood Will Take Transportation Post

Illinois congressman was retiring from seat
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 17, 2008 5:03 PM CST
Rep. Ray LaHood, R-Ill., at the Illinois state Capitol in Springfield in this 2007 file photo.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Barack Obama has chosen Illinois congressman Ray LaHood, a Republican, for the post of transportation secretary, Bloomberg reports. Obama is expected to make the announcement by the end of the week. LaHood, 63, had already announced his retirement from Congress this year after seven terms. He has a reputation for working across party lines and had established good relations with both Obama and fellow Illinois congressman Rahm Emanuel—Obama's incoming chief of staff—over the years.