Illinois Congressman To Head Transportation Department

Business Jet Traveler » February 2009
Sunday, February 1, 2009 - 4:00am

Rep. Ray LaHood (R-Ill.), who presided over the impeachment of President Clinton, will be Secretary of Transportation in President Barack Obama's administration and the second Republican selected for his cabinet. LaHood served on the House aviation subcommittee for several years and was cited by the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association in 2000 as a "strong advocate of general aviation." According to his official biography, he has been a proponent of improving local airports through securing funds for construction and expansion, while also working with officials to increase air service.

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““When I made the film The Invention of Lying, they gave me a private jet for getting back and forth between New York and London. I thought, ‘I will never use it’ but I ended up using it every weekend. You turn up, right, and the airport is completely empty. I mean, there’s just someone at the desk and then the pilot, who says, ‘Are you ready to go?’ and you say, ‘Don’t you want to see my passport?’ and he goes, ‘Oh yeah, I suppose I’d better.’” ”

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