Darin LaHood, a Central Illinois native, is a dedicated family man, a community volunteer, and a committed public servant. Born and raised in Peoria, Darin attended Spalding Institute/Academy of Our Lady High School before graduating from Loras College with a B.A. and earning his J.D. from John Marshall Law School.
On September 17, 2015, LaHood was sworn in as the U.S. Representative for the 18th District of Illinois, a 19-county district covering Central and West Central Illinois. Representing a large, rural district that is the 10th largest Congressional District in terms of corn and soybean production, LaHood is a leading advocate for effective trade policies and regulations that strengthen America’s critical agribusiness economy.
As a member of Congress, LaHood continues to focus on common-sense approaches to spending and cutting waste in ways that expand economic opportunity for all Americans. LaHood continues to advocate for policies that maintain strong national security and support of the brave men and women in the military.
Rep. LaHood serves as a member of the Committee on Ways & Means, the oldest committee of the United States Congress and the chief tax-writing committee in the House of Representatives. The Committee also exercises jurisdiction over revenue and related issues, such as tariffs, trade agreements, Social Security, Medicare, and social service programs. As the only Illinois Republican on the Committee, his understanding of agribusiness, trade, tariffs, technology, and the impact of government regulation on the economy make him a strong voice for the heartland in Washington.
Rep. LaHood also serves on the U.S. Joint Economic Committee and is the co-chair of the U.S.-China Working Group, the U.S.-Brazil Caucus, the Digital Trade Caucus, the U.S.-Lebanon Friendship Caucus, and the Congressional Soccer Caucus.
Prior to joining the U.S. House, LaHood served in the Illinois State Senate from 2011-2015 where he fought to increase transparency and promote ethical behavior in the Land of Lincoln. Before his legislative service, LaHood served nearly a decade as State and Federal Prosecutor specializing in narcotics and felony prosecutions, and five years as an Assistant United States Attorney in Las Vegas, Nevada. In that position, LaHood was recognized by both the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation for his “outstanding work in fighting terrorism” while he served as the Chief Terrorism Prosecutor. He also coordinated enforcement against the most violent offenders and prosecuted felony immigration offenses.
Currently, LaHood resides in Dunlap with his wife, Kristen, and their three sons, McKay, Luke and Teddy. LaHood and his family are parishioners at St. Vincent de Paul in Peoria. An avid soccer fan, his favorite team is whichever of his sons’ teams is on the field. Despite his busy schedule, LaHood remains an avid runner (who has completed 5 marathons), and regular trips to the National Parks with his sons for hiking, fishing, and camping.