Tuesday, January 29, 2013

LaHood to step down in February

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Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, says he will leave the Obama administration in February, ending months of speculation over the possibility of continuing in his role during the administration’s second term.

LaHood, an Illinois congressman prior to his being tapped as Transportation Secretary, told The Associated Press he plans to stay with the department until asuccessor is confirmed by the Senate.

LaHood has been an enthusiastic supporter of U.S. passenger rail development, including high speed rail, during the past four years, appearing at numerous rail-related conferences and often remaining at the shows beyond any minimal time expected by headline speakers of such stature. He also has been emphatic in promoting safety improvements among all transport modes.