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National Rifle Association & Illinois State Rifle Association Endorse Darin LaHood for Congress

Peoria, IL – Darin LaHood today announced that he has been endorsed by the National Rifle Association and the Illinois State Rifle Association for the Republican special primary election.

“I am honored to receive the support and endorsement from the National Rifle Association and the Illinois State Rifle Association,” said LaHood. “Throughout my time in the State Senate I have been a staunch advocate for the Second Amendment and the right to bear arms. In Washington, I will continue to defend our constitutional principles and fight for all hunters, sportsmen and firearm owners in Central and West Central Illinois.”

In their endorsement, the National Rifle Association wrote, “based on your record on Second Amendment issues in the Illinois Senate and your perfect candidate questionnaire, you have earned an “A” rating from the NRA-PVF for this special Republican Primary election.”

Illinois State Rifle Association spokesman, Richard Pearson stated, “Mr. LaHood has a long history of supporting our Constitution and the liberties it guarantees. We fully expect that Mr. LaHood will stand tall in Congress as a protector of the right to keep and bear arms. Therefore, we are encouraging all hunters, sportsmen and firearm owners in the 18th District to get out and vote for Mr. LaHood on July 7, 2015.”

Darin LaHood has represented the 37th Senate District in Springfield since 2011. As a State Senator, LaHood was the chief sponsor for term limits legislation and quickly gained the reputation of being a fiscal hawk.

Prior to serving in the Senate, LaHood spent over 10 years as a State and Federal Prosecutor, including as the Chief Terrorism Prosecutor and as the Lead Coordinator for the Project Safe Neighborhoods Program.

LaHood has a B.A. from Loras College and holds a J.D. from The John Marshall Law School. LaHood was recognized as an Edgar Fellow in 2013. He currently resides in Dunlap, with his wife Kristen and their three sons, McKay, Luke, and Teddy.