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Ex-Illinois congressman LaHood joins law firm

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014 7:00 a.m. CST

PEORIA (AP) — A former Illinois congressman who once led the U.S. Department of Transportation is joining a law firm as a senior policy adviser.

The (Peoria) Journal Star reports (http://bit.ly/1dv80Mq ) Ray LaHood is joining DLA Piper.

The longtime congressman who represented Peoria from 1994 until 2008 isn't a lawyer. But the Republican says he'll be working to help clients figure out "how to implement good policy through good planning and strategic planning."

Still, LaHood won't be a lobbyist and says he won't call his former colleagues "asking for meetings."

LaHood's been busy since leaving the Obama administration last summer. He has a book on bipartisanship being published this spring and is lecturing at Bradley University, his alma mater.

LaHood was U.S. Transportation Secretary from 2009 until 2013.

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