Transportation Secretary to Leave Obama Administration
LaHood has helped the Obama administration steer through a number of safety measures and highway projects during the past four years. His record has included steps to curb distracted driving, promote high-speed rail projects and improve roads and bridges. Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates also was a Republican. LaHood says he will not run for public office in his home state of Illinois, saying he believes "you should go out while they're applauding."
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