With an impeccable 36-year public service career, the Honorable Ray LaHood emerged as a key thought leader on major national policy issues such as transportation, infrastructure and bipartisan leadership. As one of two conservatives in President Barack Obama's first-term Cabinet, the Hon. Ray LaHood served as the 16th U.S. Secretary of Transportation and quickly became known throughout Washington as a bipartisan leader and skilled arbiter. He bridged a bitter partisan divide in the Congress and was able to spur unprecedented progress. Under his leadership, American workers paved 350,000 miles of highway, repaired 20,000 bridges, and laid 6,000 miles of track. Sec. LaHood also demanded more stringent fuel efficiency requirements for automakers and took steps to address airline pilot fatigue.
As Secretary, LaHood oversaw an agency with more than 55,000 employees and a $70 billion budget in charge of air, maritime and surface transportation. Before becoming a Cabinet Official, Sec. LaHood served for 14 years in the U.S. House of Representatives from the 18th District of Illinois (from 1995-2009), and also served on various House committees, including the powerful House Appropriations Committee.
Sec. LaHood brings his vast experience to bear when addressing audiences in any industry. His proven ability to navigate political traffic and serve the interests of varying constituencies, while successfully accomplishing enormous projects, is valuable to any organization that wishes to move forward. Sec. LaHood's presentations will leave audiences inspired by his Midwest values, bipartisan approach and can-do spirit.