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Obama’s Transportation Pick

by Joanna Klonsky
December 19, 2008

President-elect Barack Obama announced his nomination of Rep. Ray LaHood (R-IL) to the post of transportation secretary on Friday at a Chicago press conference. LaHood, who has represented Illinois’ 18th congressional district since 1995, is the first Arab-American to be chosen for a seat in Obama’s cabinet.

LaHood discussed his views on energy security and other foreign policy issues with at the Republican National Convention in September 2008:

“I think the American people are going to require Congress in a bipartisan way to solve this energy thing and it’s not just going to be drilling. It’s going to be getting the car manufacturers to make higher mileage cars, and to think outside of the box about the kind of cars we drive today and the kind of trucks we drive today. It’s solar, it’s nuclear, it’s wind, it’s a combination of all kinds of things that in a comprehensive way really looks at this problem that we have and right now the American people are telling every member of Congress ‘you all need to do something to help us.’ Drilling is just one aspect of it. We need a real comprehensive long-term approach to our energy. We’re hooked on oil and almost all of our oil comes from somewhere else.”

Click here to read more excerpts from’s interview with LaHood.

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