U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski (IL-3), the most senior member from northeastern Illinois on the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, issued the following statement today on the departure of Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood:
"Ray LaHood has been a true public servant during his seven terms in the House and his four years as Secretary of Transportation. He is well-respected by everyone because of the way he brings people together to get things done for the public good. That is how Ray distinguished himself as both a Representative and as Transportation Secretary. I certainly enjoyed working with Ray during our days together in the House and during his service as Secretary. The state and the nation -- especially our transportation system -- are better off because of his service."