Obama Adds Another Republican to Cabinet

President-elect Barack Obama on Wednesday picked Rep. Ray LaHood, R-Illinois, to be his transportation secretary, two sources tell CNN.

Obama will formally announce his choice of LaHood, a seven-term congressman from Peoria, at a press conference in Chicago on Thursday morning, the sources said.

LaHood is well-respected by Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill.

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PICTURED: President-elect Barack Obama names Arne Duncan, head of the Chicago school system, as his nominee for Secretary of Education at a news conference at Dodge Renaissance Academy December 16, 2008 in Chicago, Illinois. Obama called Duncan, a former professional basketball player in Australia, ‘…the most hands-on of hands-on practitioners…’ of school reform. Duncan lead the Chicago school system, the nations third-largest, for seven years.

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