LaHood won’t return as transportation secretary if Obama is re-elected

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Updated Oct 14, 2011

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood on Thursday, Oct. 13, told reporters that he would not continue in that post if President Obama is re-elected for a second term.

LaHood, the only Republican on Obama’s cabinet, said there would be “wonderful opportunities” for him in 2013. The Illinois politician has been mentioned as a possible gubernatorial candidate in his home state, but he ruled that out Thursday.

LaHood was in Congress for 14 years prior to his appointment by Obama.