Ray LaHood Steps Down as Secretary of Transportation

Ray LaHood Steps Down as Secretary of Transportation
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The U.S. Secretary of Transportation, Ray LaHood, announced Tuesday that he will not be serving a second term as the secretary of transportation, marking the latest departure from Barack Obama’s cabinet.

“I have let President Obama know that I will not serve a second term as secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation,” LaHood said in a statement.

Among his accomplishments in office, Lahood championed large fines for airline companies that leave customers stranded on the tarmac for hours. In the automotive world, Lahood was known for his work lobbying against distracted driving, even saying at one point that he would chase down drivers on cell phones and honk at them until they hung up.

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Lahood will be the sixth department head of 15 to leave as Obama begins his second term in office. He will remain in his position until his successor is chosen.

[Source: Reuters]