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Representative Darin LaHood

Representing the 18th District of Illinois


Education is paramount to the well-being of America. Few issues have as great an impact on our future generations as access to education—it contributes to our economy’s success in the global marketplace, provides the foundation for the next generation, and instills the values of our society into the minds of our children. In order to have a strong education policy, we must have a competitive and diverse K-12 education system with meaningful options to meet the needs of a diverse population of students and families. I support giving families the freedom to choose the very best education for their children, with access to education including public and private schools, charter schools and homeschools. Every student should have a shot at success, and I will work to protect these opportunities for our families and students.

It is unmistakable that higher education needs reform in America. With the price tag for a college degree continuing to climb, youth are saddled with staggering debt at the outset of their life. Ensuring that students and parents have the resources and flexibility they need to make smart choices about their education based on each individual's unique financial situation is critical. In our rapidly changing world, it is critical that we restore fiscal stability in Washington to ensure that our tremendous debt will not be left to future generations. We must reform the tax code and implement policies that spur our economy to ensure that young Americans continue to have access to a high quality education and high paying jobs. 

More on Education

August 6, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Darin LaHood (IL-18) announced today that the U.S. Department of Education awarded colleges in Illinois’ 18th Congressional District $1,859,344 to support low-income students seeking a college degree through the Student Support Services (SSS) program.
January 8, 2020 Press Release
PEORIA, IL— Congressman Darin LaHood (R-IL) announced today his nomination of 17 remarkable young men and women to be considered for admittance into the U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Naval Academy, and U.S. Air Force Academy.
December 2, 2019 Press Release
PEORIA, IL – Congressman Darin LaHood (IL-18) announced today that a team from Richwoods High School, which participates in Peoria Public Schools’ AppsCo program, are the winners of the 2019 Congressional App Challenge.
November 20, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressmen Darin LaHood (IL-18) and Rodney Davis (IL-13) announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) approved a grant of $326,327 for the McLean County Unit District 5 Schools to create an interactive Distance Learning network.
September 27, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Representatives Darin LaHood (IL-18) and Cheri Bustos (IL-17) announced a $466,931 grant for the Board of Education of the City of Peoria. The funding is awarded through the U.S. Department of Education’s Full Service Community Schools Program and is part of a five year grant, which would total $2.5 million.
July 30, 2019 Press Release
Washington, D.C. - Representatives Darin LaHood (R-IL) and Terri Sewell (D-AL) introduced H.R. 4038 to amend the Internal Revenue Service Code to exclude certain post-graduate scholarship grants from being treated as gross income, which will alleviate student loan debt, help businesses recruit talent, and boost economic growth in our local communities.
August 2, 2018 In The News
A newly introduced bipartisan proposal offered by U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood (R-IL) would put student loan payments on par with how foundations make scholarship payments under the U.S. tax code.
June 22, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed HR 2353, the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, which reauthorizes the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006.
April 18, 2017 Press Release
Peoria, IL—Congressman Darin LaHood (IL-18) will host two Service Academy Nights for students interested in attending any of our nation’s prestigious military academies: the United States Air Force Academy, the United States Coast Guard Academy United States Merchant Marine Academy, the United States Military Academy at West Point, and the United States Naval Academy.
April 3, 2017 Press Release
PEORIA, IL— Rep. Darin LaHood (IL-18) has announced the commencement of the 2017 Congressional Art Competition. Sixteen high schools from across the district will be showcasing artwork from Tuesday, April 4 through April 27 at the Peoria Public Library—Downtown branch, located at 107 N.E. Monroe Street. The library is open to the public Monday through Saturday from 9a.m.