Former Congressman and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has written a book about his life in politics with former Pekin Mayor Frank Mackaman.
‘Seeking Bipartisanship: My Life In Politics’ will be available at the end of the month.
“It’s about my 14 years in Congress, and a little biography about my life in Peoria, and my four and a half years as D.O.T. Secretary.”
LaHood says the book took quite a few years to write.
“At the end of my time in Congress, we suspended writing the book, and once I finished at the Department of Transportation, we finished it,” said LaHood.
He said one of the most challenging parts of writing the book with Mackaman was deciding what topics to write about.
“The book has 15 chapters. So, we decided on impeachment, Iraq, 9-11, things that I was involved with while in Congress.”
LaHood says they would put together a series of questions on each topic, then sat down with a couple of tape recorders, talking through the answers.
He tells WMBD’s Greg and Dan Show that success that you have in politics comes from the people that you represent.
“I didn’t do any of this stuff on my own. I wouldn’t be where I’m at without the people of central Illinois, who entrusted me with the opportunity to serve,” said LaHood.
LaHood says his relationships “across the aisle” including then U.S. Senator Barack Obama, and his Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel (now Chicago Mayor), helped him succeed in his political life after Congress, and being a Republican in a Democrat’s administration.
‘Seeking Bipartisanship: My Life In Politics’ is being published by Cambria Press, and will be available for purchase after October 26.
For more information on the book, click HERE.