December 17, 2008 / 9:40 PM / 11 years ago

RPT-Obama picks LaHood for transportation-source

(Fixing typo in first paragraph)

WASHINGTON, Dec 17 (Reuters) - U.S President-elect Barack Obama has selected retiring U.S. Rep Ray LaHood as his transportation secretary, which would make him the second Republican in the Obama Cabinet, a senior Democrat said on Wednesday.

Obama has offered LaHood of Illinois the post and the lawmaker is expected to accept the position, with a formal announcement by the president-elect within days, the senior Democrat said.

LaHood would join Defense Secretary Bob Gates as the second Republican in Democrat Obama’s Cabinet.

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