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Representative Darin LaHood

Representing the 18th District of Illinois


Manufacturing is critical to job growth, to economic mobility and prosperity for families, and to the vitality of our state and nation’s economy as a whole. Manufacturing in Illinois accounts for 14.05 percent of the total output of the state, and employs almost 10% of our workforce. Manufacturing goods exports reached $61.64 billion in 2014. 

Each manufacturing job creates 3 more jobs in other sectors. 26.90 percent of manufacturing employment stemmed from exports in 2011. Small businesses comprised 90.00 percent of all exporters in Illinois.

In order to have a competitive manufacturing industry in America, government must create the terrain for the industry to thrive. Illinois must reform our workers compensation system, and I look forward to working with state legislators to do that. We need tax reform to encourage manufacturers to build domestically. There must be workforce development to fill the skill gap in order to ensure that individuals are trained to fill open manufacturing jobs. In addition, there should be a reduction in burdensome regulations that make it difficult for small businesses to survive.

More on Manufacturing

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:
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:
June 18, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C.— Congressman Darin LaHood (R-IL) yesterday joined the Ways and Means Full Committee hearing with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer on the 2020 trade agenda to discuss the U.S.-China relationship. Rep.
December 17, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Reps. Darin LaHood (R-IL) and Stephanie Murphy (D-FL) introduced today bipartisan legislation to modernize the decades old financing tools used by farmers and manufacturers to grow and create more jobs. The Modernizing Agriculture and Manufacturing Bonds Act (MAMBA), H.R.
November 30, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Darin LaHood (IL-18) released the following on the signing of the USMCA between the United States, Mexico, and Canada at the G20 Summit in Argentina.  
October 23, 2018 In The News
U.S. Reps. French Hill (R-AR) and Darin LaHood (R-IL) welcomed news this week that the Trump administration planned to negotiate trade deals with the United Kingdom, Japan and the European Union (EU). “I’m pleased to hear the good news,” Rep. Hill said on Oct. 17.
October 17, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, Congressman Darin LaHood (IL-18) released the following statement after the Administration issued their intent to enter into three separate trade negotiations with Japan, the United Kingdom, and the European Union. 
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.
February 3, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C.—This week, Congressman Darin LaHood voted to employ the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to erase the Stream Protection Rule, which was pushed through in the final days of the Obama Administration.