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LaHood Is a Link to a Bygone House

LaHood won a special election on Thursday to replace former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock, who resigned in March. (Ron Johnson/Journal Star File Photo via AP)

The newest member of the House, Illinois Republican Darin LaHood, who will succeed Aaron Schock, has connections to Congress that go back more than 25 years to when his father, Ray LaHood, was a staff member for Robert H. Michel, the House minority leader at the time.  

When Michel retired, Ray LaHood won his Illinois district in 1994 which he represented until becoming Transportation secretary in 2009.  

Illinois District Elects Another LaHood to Replace Schock (Updated)

LaHood, left, debated Mellon in Springfield in August. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

Updated Friday, 3:31 p.m. |  Republican Darin LaHood will win a special election to replace former Rep. Aaron Schock , who resigned in March, The Associated Press projected Thursday. Updated results are available here .  

LaHood — is a state senator and the son of former Rep. Ray LaHood, Schock’s predecessor before joining the Obama administration as Transportation secretary in 2009.