Transportation stakeholders in Congress, lobbyists, and industry officials yesterday lauded Republican Rep. Ray LaHood of Illinois, President-elect Barack Obama's choice to head the Department of Transportation, because of his management abilities and bipartisan credentials, despite his thin resume on transportation.

Currently a member of the House Appropriations Committee, LaHood sat on the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure for six years, mostly in the 1990s. He announced last year that he would retire after 14 years in Congress. Once nominated, he would have to be confirmed by the Senate.

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