US Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood has announced that he will not serve a second term in President Obama’s Cabinet, but will stay on until a successor is confirmed. Of his and the Department of Transportation’s many initiatives, the one LaHood will perhaps be remembered for most is his efforts to reduce distracted driving, particularly the dangers of texting while driving. Secretary LaHood even addressed Autoblog readers directly about the subject back in 2010.
Before becoming Transportation Secretary, LaHood was a member of the House of Representatives representing the 18th district of Illinois and served on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. Well known as a champion of bipartisan cooperation, LaHood was one of two Republicans appointed to the President’s Cabinet in 2008, the other being Robert Gates as US Secretary of Defense.
Scroll down to read an email sent by LaHood to Department of Transportation employees announcing his plans.