Good bye, Ray: LaHood Leaving DOT

Ray LaHood

Is he or isn’t he?  There has been much speculation about whether or nor LaHood would retain his post as the Secretary of Transportation or not.

Now it appears that LaHood is making it official– he plans to leave his post, but he will stay until his successor is named.

On January 9, 2103, Obama’s picks for second-term cabinet members were announced but LaHood’s name was noticeably missing from the list.

President Obama has been criticized for having a “white, male cabinet.”  While  LaHood has earned top marks from Obama for the work he’s done on MAP-21 and calling attention to distracted driving, some are speculating that LaHood’s ethnicity, gender and party affiliation– he’s the lone republican in the cabinet– may work against him.

Today, CNBC has reported that LaHood confirmed in an interview with the Associated Press that he is in fact on his way out but plans to retain his position until his successor is confirmed by the Senate.

Who might take his place? Sen. Dick Durbin, Bill Daley and  former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm have all been named as possible replacements.

What do you think about LaHood’s departure?