Illinois Republican Congressman Ray LaHood has apparently been asked to head up Obama’s U.S. Department of Transportation, and he has accepted. In choosing Hood, Obama’s team tapped a centrist known for working with the leadership of both parties to get things done. As Obama crafts his economic stimulus package, including several hundreds of billions of dollars for transportation projects, LaHood will be a central figure in implementing that policy. Additional information on LaHood can be found in these articles from The Washington Post, The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and Bloomberg News.
Samuel R. Staley, Ph.D. is a senior research fellow at Reason Foundation and managing director of the DeVoe L. Moore Center at Florida State University in Tallahassee where he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in urban planning, regulation, and urban economics. Prior to joining Florida State, Staley was director of urban growth and land-use policy for Reason Foundation where he helped establish its urban policy program in 1997.