Source: Obama picks LaHood as transportation chief

CHICAGO(AP) - December 17, 2008 The 63-year-old LaHood did not seek re-election this fall after 14 years in the House representing a district that includes Peoria. He is the second Republican that Obama has named to his Cabinet.

House colleagues respected LaHood for his grasp of issues and parliamentary details, but he sometimes angered Republican leaders by refusing to follow the party line. He was best known as a House appropriator, and has less experience in transportation issues than do some other contenders Obama reportedly considered.

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