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Representative Darin LaHood

Representing the 18th District of Illinois

National Security

A strong national defense is crucial to a safe, free, and flourishing America. “Providing for the common defense” is one of the most important roles of our federal government. As a former Assistant U.S. Attorney and Chief Terrorism Prosecutor, I understand the grave national security threats our country faces. 

We live in an age when our enemies transcend nation states—and the threat of terrorist attacks persists. Groups like ISIS continue to commit crimes against humanity and genocide. The United States must respond with a proactive strategy to defeat ISIS and keep America safe from terrorists.

I believe we must maintain a trained and ready force structure, provide our troops with the tools and resources they need to be successful, and ensure that military families are recognized for their service to our country. I am committed to making our national defense, active duty service men and women, and veterans a priority. 

More on National Security

January 30, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Darin LaHood (R-IL) today voted against two pieces of legislation, H.R. 5543—Prohibition of Funds Against Iran and H.R. 2456—2002 AUMF Repeal, that will restrain President Trump’s inherent authority to protect Americans. Following the vote, Rep. LaHood released the below statement:
January 3, 2020 Press Release
PEORIA, IL – Congressman Darin LaHood (R-IL) released the following statement after the Pentagon confirmed the United States military, at the direction of President Donald Trump, successfully executed a military strike against Qasem Soleimani, leader of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force, a designated Foreign Terrorist Organization.
May 1, 2019 Press Release
PEORIA, IL — Congressman Darin LaHood (IL-18) announced today that the appropriated funding for the $9 million firehouse project has been obligated for the 182nd Airlift Wing to begin construction of the firehouse.
September 13, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the House of Representatives voted to approve the conference report for the Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction & Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act for 2019. This legislation included $9 million, previously authorized in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for the 182nd Airlift Wing’s firehouse project.
June 8, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the House of Representatives voted to approve military construction (MILCON) appropriations, which included the $9 million previously authorized in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for the 182nd Airlift Wing’s firehouse project two weeks ago.
October 24, 2017 Video
Rep. Darin LaHood presented Anthony Smith with a Purple Heart during a ceremony in Warsaw on October 17, 2017. Anthony served in the 1st Cavalry Division during the Vietnam War, and was awarded the Bronze Star with Valor. Even though he was awarded the Purple Heart as well, he did not receive a physical medal until this ceremony.
April 7, 2017 Press Release
PEORIA, IL—Congressman Darin LaHood released the following statement in reaction to the U.S. cruise missile strikes on a government-controlled Shayrat air base in central Syria last night.
February 2, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Rep. Darin LaHood released the following statement today regarding the President’s Executive Order on suspending the refugee immigration program for four months and other actions to review and enhance the vetting procedures for people from Syria and other nations that currently have inadequate and lax security screening processes.
January 9, 2017 Press Release
Washington, D.C.—On Friday, January 6, President Obama signed legislation authored by Rep. Darin LaHood into law. The Networking and Information Technology Research Development (NITRD) Modernization Act of 2016 will update and improve Federal research and development efforts in information technologies, networking, computing, software, and cybersecurity. This is the second bill of Rep.