LaHood to leave Obama Cabinet

Associated Press

WASHINGTON

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, who lifted the profile of distracted driving as a national safety concern, is stepping down, presenting President Barack Obama with another Cabinet vacancy at the start of his second term.

The former congressman from Illinois and one of only two Republicans who served in Obama’s Cabinet, LaHood worked for more safety in the air and on the ground and pushed for improvements of roads and bridges.

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