Former DOT Secretary LaHood lands advisory role at D.C. law firm

By David Tanner, Land Line associate editor | Thursday, January 23, 2014

A short time after he was named co-chairman of an infrastructure lobby group, former U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has joined a renowned law firm as a senior policy adviser.

DLA Piper announced the addition of LaHood, 68, and the former secretary’s chief of staff, Joan DeBoer, to their roster on Wednesday, Jan. 22.

According to DLA Piper, LaHood and DeBoer will assist clients in areas of infrastructure, structured finance, energy and transportation.

Earlier this month, LaHood was named co-chairman of Building America’s Future, a lobbying group started by former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. LaHood replaced Schwarzenegger, who has moved on to focus on a California institute he founded.

In addition to Building America’s Future and his new advisory role at DLA Piper, LaHood is also a senior adviser for the Dirksen Congressional Center and serves on the board of advisers for the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics.

He was President Obama’s choice for transportation secretary, serving from 2009 through 2013. His tenure will be remembered for LaHood’s all-out assault on distracted driving. He brought about the first rules to ban texting, the use of cellphones and hand-held electronic communication devices for commercial drivers.

Prior to serving as secretary, LaHood represented a central Illinois district for 16 years in the U.S. House of Representatives and is a former state representative.

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