Ray LaHood


Secretary Ray LaHood is a Lebanese-American who served in the Cabinet of President Barack Obama as U.S. Secretary of Transportation (2009-13). Prior to his appointment, Secretary LaHood served in the U.S. Congress as a Representative from Illinois’ 18th District (1995-2009). LaHood was born in Peoria, Illinois, to Edward M. LaHood, a Lebanese American who managed a restaurant, and Mary A. LaHood, who was of German ancestry. He graduated from Spalding Institute, worked his way through Canton Junior College and Bradley University in Peoria, earning a Bachelor of Science in education and sociology in 1971.