Ray LaHood prepared to pass the torch

By WEEK Reporter

Credit: Bradley University

President Obama straightens Ray LaHood's tie.

April 30, 2013 Updated Apr 30, 2013 at 12:03 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Ray LaHood is passing the torch on from the best job he ever had.

Monday, President Obama formally announced his nomination of Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx to lead the Department of Transportation.

Mayor Foxx is Obama's first African-American nominee among his second term cabinet appointees.

LaHood is one of a few Republicans in the President's Cabinet and has nothing but nice things to say about the President.

"There's no way I can ever thank you for the opportunity that you have provided to me to write the final chapter in my book of service, this is it, you're right, this is the best job I've ever had," LaHood said. "If you're not the best person I've ever worked for, you're right at the top of the list, you've been extraordinary."

LaHood announced in January he would be stepping down to spend time with family. Congressman Aaron Schock reflected upon his service.

"It's an honor for him to be chosen by the President of the United States, regardless if he is a Republican or Democrat," Schock said. "For a guy who grew up in the area to go on and be 14th in line to the Presidency, that's a pretty big deal."

No word yet on when Foxx's confirmation hearing will take place.

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