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Representative Darin LaHood

Representing the 18th District of Illinois


Illinois has been in a jobs depression for almost two decades, according to data from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. Illinois is home to the hardest workers I know—and I want to get the private sector working again so business can grow and hire more employees.

Our state and our nation needs a jobs revival, but the employment landscape won’t change if crippling policies do not. Washington continues to approach economic problems with the same failing answer: throw taxpayer dollars at ineffective programs. I believe it is the government’s responsibility to create an atmosphere where businesses can thrive. To get there, we need to cut overreaching regulations, eliminate burdensome mandates, and reform and simplify the tax code by closing loopholes and cutting rates. The government needs to step out of the way and let the American people drive innovation, open small businesses and expand existing businesses. That's the best way to grow the economy and create jobs. American history is testimony to that truth.


More on Economy

February 25, 2021 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Today, Reps. Darin LaHood (IL-18), John B. Larson (CT-01), Ron Estes (KS-04), Jimmy Panetta (CA-38), Jodey Arrington (TX-19), and Suzan DelBene (WA-01) introduced the American Innovation and R&D Competitiveness Act.
February 3, 2021 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Darin LaHood (IL-18) announced today that he will serve on the House Ways and Means Subcommittees on Trade and Select Revenue Measures for the 117th Congress. Following his appointments, Rep. LaHood released the following statement:
September 24, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Darin LaHood (R-IL) today introduced the Taxpayer Protection Act of 2020, which would establish the Taxpayer Protection Program in the U.S.
July 1, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Darin LaHood (R-IL) released the following statement today marking the United States Mexico and Canada (USMCA) Agreement entry into force:
January 29, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C.— Congressman Darin LaHood (R-IL) today joined President Donald Trump for the signing of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). Following the ceremony, Congressman LaHood released the below statement:
May 20, 2019 Press Release
Washington D.C. – Reps. Darin LaHood (R-IL), Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), along with Mike Kelly (R-PA) and  Terri Sewell (D-AL) introduced the Historic Tax Credit Growth and Opportunity Act, which improves and enhances the federal Historic Tax Credit (HTC).
May 17, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. —Congressman Darin LaHood (R-IL) released the following statement today applauding the Trump Administration’s announcement lifting tariffs on steel and aluminum products from Canada and Mexico:
December 20, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 88, the Retirement, Savings, and Other Tax Relief Act of 2018, which included language from Congressman LaHood’s legislation, H.R. 5342 – the Improving Assistance for Taxpayers Act. Rep.
October 23, 2018 Op-Ed
In his pervasive opinion, in McCulloch v. Maryland, Chief Justice John Marshall penned the famous words, “The power to tax involves the power to destroy; that power to destroy may defeat and render useless the power to create.”