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LaHood says he's definitely leaving Cabinet transportation post

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says he will not run for public office in Illinois after he retires. (Associated Press)

The Trucker News Services

1/29/2013

WASHINGTON  — Last week during activities surrounding the inauguration of President Barack Obama, published reports quoted Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, the only Republican still left in Obama's first-term Cabinet, as saying he would be sticking around for a while.

We now know what “a while“ means.

LaHood has told The Associated Press in an interview he's definitely leaving the Cabinet, but intends to remain at the department until his successor if confirmed.

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."

Sources have told The Trucker that one possible candidate for the post might be former Rep. James Oberstar of Minnesota, who chaired the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee during the 111th Congress, his last before retiring.

The sources noted that while in office, Oberstar was able to work with members on both sides of the aisle and that Oberstar had an extensive knowledge of all transportation modalities.

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