Darin LaHood


U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood, R-Peoria, says he’s “thrilled” with his new committee assignment. Speaker Paul Ryan appointed LaHood to the House Ways and Means Committee. 

LaHood considers it a significant committee because it deals with taxation, trade, healthcare, and many entitlement programs.

“Those are important issues to the American people,” he said. “They’re important to our seniors. They’re important to every facet of our economic system.”

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A Democratic congressional candidate who lost a chance at the 18th District in 2016 is running again.

Eureka College history professor Junius Rodriguez made his formal announcement Wednesday in front of seven people in Peoria.

Rodriguez says his loss to the Republican candidate, 18th District Rep. Darin LaHood, was a lesson on campaigning. He ran with a self-funded campaign with about $25,000 and a staff of four.

Chuck Weaver Picked To Fill Vacant State Senate Seat

Oct 5, 2015

Peoria City Councilman Chuck Weaver is replacing Darin LaHood in the state senate.  

A selection committee picked Weaver to fill the vacant 37th District senate seat after LaHood won election to Congress last month.

Weaver was one of 10 applicants for the appointment. He’s served on the Peoria City Council for more than four years.

LaHood was elected to fill Aaron Schock’s seat in Congress after Schock resigned in March. That was amid spending allegations against Schock after decorating his office in the style of the television show “Downton Abbey.”

LaHood Sworn Into Congress; Bustos Approves

Sep 18, 2015

Republican Darin LaHood was sworn into Congress Thursday…and a Democratic lawmaker says she’s ready to work with him.

LaHood last week won a special election to fill the vacant seat in Illinois’s 18th District.

Cheri Bustos, who represents the neighboring 17th District, says she’s well-acquainted with LaHood.

LaHood Wins 18th Congressional Seat

Sep 11, 2015

Illinois State Senator Darin LaHood was elected the next Congressman for the 18th District.

The Peoria Republican beat Democrat Rob Mellon of Quincy by capturing nearly 70 percent of the vote in yesterday’s special election. 

LaHood says he’s humbled by the results.

“When you set a goal over six months and you’re rewarded here tonight with the kind of response we got, it’s a good feeling,” LaHood said.

LaHood says an immediate priority is hiring local district staff. He says he will resign from the state senate before getting sworn into Congress next week.