Peoria native and U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood could stay in Washington as President Obama's second term begins. That's according to some of LaHood's own statements and reporting done by the publication Politico. When LaHood came to central Illinois recently to highlight high speed rail he said he would sit down with the President after the election and talk about the future. Now, GOP Congressman Bill Shuster says LaHood has told him he would be working with Shuster for a while. Shuster is the incoming Chair of the House Transportation Committee. LaHood also said in September he wanted to push Congress to pass a national texting-while-driving law, something Politico notes would not be a quick to pass bill. Those indicators counter statements early last year that LaHood would leave Washington at the end of Obama's first term.
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