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Former Rep. Ray LaHood

Republican  •  Illinois 7 Terms  •  Sworn In 1995
Last Term 2007 - 2009 View All

He was born December 6, 1945,in Peoria, Illinois. He earned a B.S. degree in Education and Sociology from Bradley in 1971. "A teacher by training, Ray started his career teaching junior high school students in Catholic and public schools. He then moved to Rock Island where he served as the Chief Planner for the Bi-State Metropolitan Commission, Director of the Rock Island Youth Services Bureau, and as District Administrative Assistant for Congressman Tom Railsback." He was also an aide to Representatives Thomas F. Railsback and Robert Michel, and a member of the Illinois House of Representatives before entering the House. He is of Lebanese descent, one of the few U.S. representatives of Arab ancestry.


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