Darin LaHood

Lawyer, Person

1968 –

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Who is Darin LaHood?

Darin LaHood is a Republican politician from Peoria, Illinois, who is a member of the Illinois Senate representing the seven-county 37th legislative district. LaHood is the son of Ray LaHood, the former United States Secretary of Transportation and U.S. Representative. He has called himself a fiscal conservative directed to budget issues.

LaHood was a prosecutor in the Tazewell County state's attorney's office and the United States Attorney's Office for the District of Nevada in Las Vegas. On returning to Peoria in 2005, he took up private law practice; as of 2011 he is in the Peoria law firm of Miller, Hall & Triggs.

He ran for Peoria County state's attorney in 2008, losing to incumbent Kevin Lyons. He has also been involved in several other Republican campaigns, including Bill Brady's 2010 campaign for governor and Dan Rutherford's campaign for Illinois Treasurer.

He was appointed to the Illinois Senate on 27 February 2011, at the age of 42, and took office March 1, the day after Dale Risinger retired. When appointed, LaHood announced he would run for election to a full term in 2012, which he won, running unopposed.

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  • John Marshall Law School
  • Loras College
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on July 23, 2013


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