Seeking Bipartisanship by Ray LaHood with Frank H. Mackaman
Cambria Press Publication - Scheduled to be published in October 2015
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An Evening with Ray LaHood and Judy Woodruff (full version)
WTVP welcomes Judy Woodruff, co-anchor of the PBS NewsHour, for a special program taping as she interviews the Honorable Ray LaHood about his forthcoming memoir, Seeking Bipartisanship: My Life in Politics.
Interview with Ray LaHood, Seeking Bi-Partisanship: My Life in Politics, November 23, 2015
Published on Nov 24, 2015
The Honorable Ray LaHood, former U.S. Secretary of Transportation (2009-2013) and U.S. Congressman (IL-18) (1994-2009) visited Eureka College November 23, 2015 to discuss his memoir, Seeking Bipartisanship: My Life in Politics, co-authored with Frank Mackaman of the Dirksen Congressional Leadership Research Center.
In this video, Secretary LaHood answered questions from John D. Morris, director of the Ronald W. Reagan Society of Eureka College for an hour long interview with audience questions. The event was held in the Melick Library on the campus of Eureka College.
Of note, while a member of congress, LaHood represented the district that includes Eureka College. He received an honorary doctorate from the college in 2002 when he served as commencement speaker. He was also the speaker at the Reagan Memorial ceremony at the Reagan Peace Garden following President Reagan's death in 2004.
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This highly anticipated book chronicles the political career of Ray LaHood, former Secretary of Transportation. As the only elected Republican selected for President Obama’s Cabinet, LaHood sought to bridge the partisan divide between the new Democratic administration and Republicans on Capitol Hill. He is one of the few individuals who has served both in Congress and in a presidential Cabinet during the tumultuous times of the last decades.
This book provides insight on events such as the “Gingrich Revolution,” the decline of civility in the House, President Bill Clinton’s impeachment, and Congress’s investigation of 9/11.
Seeking Bipartisanship has already earned accolades from Rahm Emanuel (Mayor, City of Chicago), Robert H. Michel (US House of Representatives, 1957-1995), Norman J. Ornstein (Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research), Doris Kearns Goodwin (Historian), and John Dingell (US House of Representatives, 1955-2015).
Rahm Emanuel has described Seeking Bipartisanship as a "much-needed book—not only for American politics but also for the American people and all who believe in democracy—is a brilliant account of how we can and should seek bipartisanship. It presents an important part of American history—when Democrats and Republicans reached across the aisle.”
Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin praised the accessible style of writing because the book makes "the reader feel as if he is in the midst of the battles on the floor and in the cloakroom,” adding that “this is a thoroughly entertaining memoir as well as an important one."
Practitioners will be pleased to note that US House Rep John Dingell said that "To understand Washington today," one should "read this book" and that LaHood’s “insight helps explain what must change in our politics today.”
True to the title of the book, LaHood worked hard in seeking bipartisanship. As Robert H. Michel (US House of Representatives, 1957–1995) put it, LaHood “earned the respect of Democrats and Republicans by the way he conducted himself and by his efforts to foster good will among members.”
This book is part of the Cambria Politics, Institutions, and Public Policy in America (PIPPA) Series, headed by Scott A. Frisch and Sean Q. Kelly.
Introduction: The Call
Chapter 1: Toward a Career in Public Service
Peoria, Illinois: My Hometown
The Value of Education
The Lure of Public Service
That First Campaign, 1994
Chapter 2: The Gingrich Revolution and My First Term
Republicans Seize Control of the House
Contract with America
Stranger in My Own Class
Set Aside Differences to Make a Difference
The First Term Ends
Chapter 3: Republicans Unravel
The Speaker’s Days Are Numbered
The Plot Fails
Republican Leadership Races, 1998
Chapter 4: Civility in Retreat
Vanishing Comity in the House
Proposing the First Civility Retreat
Setting Goals, Planning the Program
Making the Case
Chapter 5: The First Bipartisan Civility Retreat
The Launch: March 7-9, 1997
A Preliminary Evaluation
Chapter 6: If At First You Don’t Succeed . . .
Looking for Kisses at Hershey II
The End and Final Thoughts
Chapter 7: Prelude to Impeachment
The Clinton Scandals
The Starr Report
LaHood to Preside
Why Not Censure?
Shunning the Press
The Day Draws Near
Chapter 8: The House Debates Impeachment
Thursday, December 17, 1998
Friday, December 18, 1998
Saturday, December 19, 1998
A Last Effort at Censure
The Vote to Impeach
Chapter 9: September 11 and Iraq
The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence
September 11, 2001
In the Wake: Congress Investigates
National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States
Mounting the War Against Terrorism: Iraq
Chapter 10: Leaving Congress
Bidding Again for Leadership
I’ve Had Enough
Four Lessons of Political Life
Chapter 11: The Cabinet and the Promise of Bipartisanship
The Promise of Bipartisanship
The Inner Circle
The Cabinet as Adviser to the President
Chapter 12: The Stimulus Package and Working the Hill
The Pelosi Gamble
The Stimulus Package
Working the Hill Part 2
Chapter 13: The Transportation Reauthorization Challenge
“Make no little plans”: A Vision for Transportation
“We’re going to kick the can down the road”
2011: Reauthorization Delayed
2012: Stalled by Partisanship
Chapter 14: Leading the Department of Transportation
February 12, 2009
First Comes Safety
My Team at DOT
A Triumph: CAFE Standards
Leaving the Cabinet
Chapter 15: Reflections on Public Service
The Curse of Partisan Stridency
The Challenge to Leadership
Appendix A: Republican Contract with America
Appendix B: Proposed Follow-Up Activities for the Retreat Planning Committee, March 1997
Appendix C: H12038, Congressional Record, December 19, 1998
Authors’ Note on Sources
About Ray LaHood
Raymond H. "Ray" LaHood (born December 6, 1945) is an American politician who served as United States Secretary of Transportation from January 2009 until July 2013. A Republican from Illinois, LaHood represented Illinois's 18th congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1995 to 2009.
Credit: Chicago Tribune Photo by Pete Souza, 2001
LaHood graduated from Spalding Institute, Peoria, IL in 1963 and attended Spoon River Community College in Canton, IL. He earned his B.S. at Bradley University in Peoria, IL in 1971. LaHood was a school teacher for six years; director of the Rock Island County Youth Services Bureau, 1972-1974; and chief planner of Bi-States Metropolitan Planning Commission, 1974-1977.
From 1977-1982, LaHood was a member of the staff for U.S. Representative Thomas F. Railsback of Illinois and a member of the Illinois state House of Representatives, 1982-1983. He served on the staff of U.S. Representative Robert H. Michel of Illinois from 1983-1994. When Michel retired, LaHood won election as a Republican to the 104th and six succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1995-January 3, 2009). He was not a candidate for re-election to the 111th Congress in 2008.
President Barack Obama nominated LaHood for Secretary of Transportation in December 2008. He was confirmed in January 2009 and served until his resignation from the Cabinet in July 2013. Secretary LaHood’s tenure was marked by landmark efforts to improve safety in every mode of transportation, from aviation and rail to pipelines and automobiles. Under his leadership, improvements to America’s infrastructure included building or replacing 350,000 miles of highway, repairing 20,000 bridges and renewing or constructing 6,000 miles of rail track. Secretary LaHood also achieved more stringent fuel efficiency requirements from automakers, took steps to address airline pilot fatigue and turned the problem of distracted driving into a national concern. As Secretary of Transportation, he oversaw an agency with more than 55,000 employees and a $70 billion budget in charge of air, maritime, and surface transportation.
Ray LaHood currently serves as Senior Adviser to The Dirksen Congressional Center. He is co-chair of Building America’s Future founded in 2008 to push for improvements in the nation’s infrastructure. In January 2014, LaHood joined DLA Piper, a global business law firm, as a senior policy advisor in the firm’s D.C. and Chicago offices.
LaHood in Brief
Learn more about Ray LaHood.
Ray LaHood; Reflections on a Career in Congress
On June 25, 2005, then-Congressman Ray LaHood and his predecessor and mentor Bob Michel appeared at the Bertha Frank Performing Arts Center in Morton, Illinois, for an evening of "personal reflections" about their combined 50 years of service representing the 18th congressional district.
Seeking Bipartisanship: My Life in Politics
The highly anticipated book chronicles the political career of Ray LaHood, former Secretary of Transportation. This book provides insight on events such as the “Gingrich Revolution,” the decline of civility in the House, President Bill Clinton’s impeachment, and Congress’s investigation of 9/11.
Ray LaHood on his Memoir, Seeking Bipartisanship
Ray LaHood talked about his book Seeking Bipartisanship: My Life in Politics, in which he chronicles his career in in Congress and his role in President Obama’s cabinet. He also spoke about partisanship in politics.
Ray LaHood Today
Infrastructure Investment Critical
Former DOT head: Infrastructure investment critical to ease congestion.
LaHood With George H.W. Bush
Ray LaHood, Senior Adviser to The Dirksen Congressional Center, and his wife, Kathy spent 30 minutes with President George H. Bush.
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Ray LaHood on YouTube
Illinois Republican Day at the State Fair, no date
Congressman Ray LaHood's appearance at Illinois's Republican Day at the state fair. This video includes Interviews with State Party Chairman Andy McKenna, Congressman Ray LaHood, and Minority Leader Tom Cross.
Obama-LaHood Press Conference, November 2004
Ray LaHood’s news conference following Barack Obama’s visit to Peoria to meet with LaHood, PCCEO Peoria, November 2004.
Endorses John McCain for President, ca. May 2007
Retiring Representative Ray LaHood (IL-18) endorses Sen. John McCain for President at Republican Day.
Retirement Announcement, July 27, 2007
Honoring Retiring Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood.
Witness to History, ca. June 2008
Congressman Ray LaHood talks about his 14 years in the House of Representatives.
Obama Announces Another Republican for His Cabinet, December 18, 2008
Obama Announces Another Republican for his Cabinet, Illinois Congressman Ray LaHood.
Senator Dick Durbin Honoring Retiring Secretary of Transportation LaHood, June 18, 2013
Honoring Retiring Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood.
Bipartisan Politics, July 2013
Ray LaHood on bipartisan politics, the Obama Cabinet, and public service, genConnect, July 24, 2013.
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LaHood Scholarships for the Study of American Government
Ray and Kathy LaHood Scholarships for the Study of American Government
Information about scholarships sponsored by The Dirksen Center for selected juniors attending Bradley University.
Ray LaHood Collection
The Ray LaHood Collection is closed to research under the terms of the donor’s deed of gift until (1) five years after Mr. LaHood leave public office (July 3, 2018), and (2) the collection is processed. The donor may give written permission for research during the period of closure.
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