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Representative Darin LaHood

Representing the 18th District of Illinois



Rep. LaHood Holds Roundtable on New Federal Historic Tax Credit Legislation

Jul 30, 2018

Congressman LaHood held a roundtable discussion with local developers and small business owners to discuss his legislation that would enhance the current federal historic tax credits.

Rep. LaHood Discusses Trade on House Floor

Jul 17, 2018

Congressman LaHood speaks during a Special-Order on trade.

Rep. LaHood, Chillicothe Honor William "Ryan" Owens

Jun 23, 2018

The United States Post Office in Chillicothe is officially unveiled as the Senior Chief Petty Officer William "Ryan" Owens post office.

Rep. LaHood Speaks on House Floor in Favor or Rt. 66 Legislation

Jun 5, 2018

Rep. LaHood speaks on the US House Floor ahead of the passage of HR801, legislation to designate Route 66 as a National Historic Trail.

Rep. LaHood Recognizes National Police Week with Morton Police

May 20, 2018

Rep. LaHood stopped by the Morton Police Department to drop off refreshments and had the chance to personally thank Chief Hilliard and his staff for all that they do.

Rep. Darin LaHood Floor Speech on Taxpayer First Act

Apr 18, 2018

4.18.2018 floor speech by Rep. Darin LaHood (IL-18) in support of the Taxpayer First Act.

Rep. LaHood welcomes Rep. Krishnamoorthi to Peoria for Bi-Partisan Discussion

Mar 29, 2018

Rep. Darin LaHood welcomes back home to Peoria Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi for a bipartisan discussion at Bradley University's Institute for Principled Leadership.

Rep. Darin LaHood Presents Carnegie Medal to James Vernon

Jan 16, 2018

Rep. Darin LaHood presented Mr. James Vernon of Morton with the Carnegie Medal for his heroic actions in October of 2015 when he stopped an armed assailant who entered the Morton Library with the intent to harm 17 children and four women. Thanks to James' quick action and leadership in such a dangerous situation, he undoubtedly saved lives and the community is grateful for his courage and service to his community. The Carnegie Medal is given throughout the United States and Canada to those who risk their lives to an extraordinary degree while saving or attempting to save the lives of others. Since 1904, only 9,971 medals have been awarded from more than 89,000 nominees.

Illinois Bicentennial Special Order

Dec 22, 2017

On December 3rd, 2017, Rep. Darin LaHood led a Special Order on the House floor recognizing Illinois' Bicentennial celebration. Speakers included Illinois Representatives Mike Bost, Robin Kelly, Randy Hultgren, Cheri Bustos, Rodney Davis, Brad Schneider, Raja Krishnamoorthi, and Danny Davis.

Rep. LaHood Speech at Weekly House GOP Leadership Press Conference

Dec 12, 2017

Rep. Darin LaHood talks tax reform during the weekly House Republican Leadership Press Conference on 12.12.2017.

LaHood Floor Speech on Free Trade

Dec 7, 2017

Rep. Darin LaHood discusses the effects of free trade and NAFTA on our agriculture and manufacturing industries.

Rep. LaHood Speaks on House floor regarding passage of Ryan Owens bill

Nov 15, 2017

Congressman LaHood speaks on the House floor prior to the vote to rename Chillicothe, IL post office in honor of fallen Navy SEAL Senior Chief Special Warfare Operator William "Ryan" Owens.

WMBD-TV reports Rep. LaHood Legislation Honoring Bloomington Native

Nov 14, 2017

WMBD-TV covers legislation introduced to by Rep. Darin LaHood which honors fallen Bloomington native and US Army Ranger, Sgt. Josh Rodgers.

Rep. LaHood Introduces Veterans History Project

Nov 13, 2017

Congressman Darin LaHood announced the commencement of the Veterans History Project for Illinois’ 18th Congressional District. The project is a way to collect and preserve memories, stories, interviews, and memorabilia of the United States veterans from WWII to the present. As an initiative by the Library of Congress, the project gives veterans the opportunity to share personal experiences that will be catalogued by the Library as a way to honor the impact and history of the armed forces.

Rep. LaHood Honors Fallen Army Ranger

Nov 9, 2017

Congressman Darin LaHood introduces legislation honoring fallen Army Ranger and Bloomington native Sergeant Joshua Rodgers. On April 27, 2017, U.S. Army Sergeant Joshua P. Rodgers was killed in action supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel in Afghanistan. The Bloomington native was 22 years old.

Connect to Congress: Oct. 25, 2017

Oct 26, 2017

I caught up with KHQA to talk tax reform and the impact it will have on middle-class families.

Presenting Quincy Air Evac with Congressional Record

Oct 26, 2017

I had the opportunity to congratulate the Quincy Air Evac Lifeteam for 20 years of service to the surrounding community. As part of my visit, I presented the team with a copy of my submission to the Congressional Record congratulating them on their latest milestone. I extend my sincere congratulations to the Quincy Air Evac Lifeteam on twenty years of service and I wish them continued safety as they protect to the Quincy community.

Pinning a Purple Heart

Oct 24, 2017

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.

Introduction of HR 3109 - Sr. Chief Ryan Owens Post Office Building

Jun 30, 2017

Congressman Darin LaHood introduced H.R. 3109 in the U.S. House of Representatives to rename the Chillicothe, Illinois U.S. post office in honor of U.S. Navy Chief Special Warfare Operator William “Ryan” Owens.

LaHood floor speech on National Police Week

May 19, 2017

Rep. Darin LaHood spoke on the House floor on Wednesday, May 17 in honor of National Police Week.

LaHood Floor Speech on Sergeant Rodgers

May 4, 2017

On May 3, Congressman Darin LaHood led the House of Representatives in a moment of silence honoring Bloomington native Sergeant Joshua Rodgers.

President Trump Recognizes Senior Chief William "Ryan" Owens

Mar 2, 2017

President Trump recognizes the wife of hometown hero William "Ryan" Owens at his first address to a joint session of Congress.

Congressman Darin LaHood Leads House in Honoring Bob Michel

Feb 28, 2017

Congressman Darin LaHood led Members of the House of Representatives in honoring Bob Michel, former Congressman of the 18th District of Illinois and the longest-serving Republican Leader of the United States House of Representatives, who passed away on Friday, February 17, 2017.

July 31, 2018 Press Release
FAA grant to fund taxiway and tarmac pavement rehabilitation project
BLOOMINGTON, IL—Congressmen Darin LaHood (IL-18) and Rodney Davis (IL-13) announced today that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded the Bloomington-Normal Airport Authority a $2.3 million grant to provide funds for the pavement rehabilitation of a primary taxiway and tarmac at the Central Illinois Regional Airport (CIRA).
July 30, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Darin LaHood (IL18) voted last week in support of three pieces of bipartisan legislation that would modernize and improve access to Health Savings Accounts (HSAs), eliminate the medical device tax, increase choices, and lower premiums. He released the following statement:
July 24, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Representatives Darin LaHood (R-IL) and Terri Sewell (D-AL) introduced HR6486 today that would amend the Internal Revenue Code to exclude certain post-graduation scholarship grants from being treated as gross income and, in turn, help recruit professionals into the workforce, help alleviate student loan debt, and promote economic growth in communities.
July 16, 2018 Press Release
Congressman LaHood issued the following statement following President Trump's meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland:


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.
August 1, 2018 In The News
PEORIA HEIGHTS — Trefzger’s Bakery was the site for a discussion on economic development Friday as U.S. Rep.
August 1, 2018 In The News
Central Illinois Regional Airport is getting $2.3 million from the federal government to complete a major pavement rehab project.
July 22, 2018 In The News
Navy Band Great Lakes (NBGL) traveled three hours south to the small town of Chillicothe, Illinois to assist in the dedication ceremony of their post office building to a fellow shipmate.
July 17, 2018 In The News
PEORIA - The Helsinki summit Monday with U.S.
June 1, 2018 Op-Ed

The Congressional district that I represent in the nation’s capital has some of the most fertile farmland in the entire world, making it the 8th largest agriculture district in terms of corn and soybeans production.

April 14, 2018 Op-Ed

Something unusual happened in Peoria on March 28: Two congressmen from opposite parties held a town hall meeting together.

Even more unusual, the meeting didn’t devolve into partisan accusations and insults. It remained a respectful discussion of critical issues facing our country.

April 1, 2018 Op-Ed

Transportation infrastructure is the backbone of our district. It transports people to their jobs, children to school, commodities from farms to sale, products to retail, and even information to consumers. A reliable, efficient, and safe infrastructure network is vital for our country, but for too long we have ignored long-term investment in this area.

December 2, 2017 Op-Ed

A gallon of gas was $0.89, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 1,895, the Nintendo Entertainment System was introduced, the world received its first email, and I was in high school. The year was 1986, and it was also the last time comprehensive tax reform was passed. Thirty-one years later, the U.S.

September 3, 2017 Op-Ed

“And the bill is passed.”

When that phrase is spoken, followed by the distinct strike of the Speaker’s gavel, it proclaims that the people’s House has fulfilled another promise made to the American people.

September 17, 2016 Op-Ed

This month, farmers across Illinois will begin to harvest their crops.

August 9, 2016 Op-Ed

About 6.5 million Americans are addicted to it. Seventy-eight people die each day across our nation because of it. Last year, law enforcement in the 18th District of Illinois alone seized over 246 pounds of it. Almost 1,000 doses of lifesaving Narcan were provided to residents in Peoria and Tazewell counties to treat it.

May 27, 2016 Op-Ed

It usually starts out harmlessly. Painkillers are prescribed to individuals who need them and may be unaware of their addictive nature. Other times physicians are pressured to alleviate a patient’s pain to maintain approval ratings. Quickly and unintentionally, people get addicted. If those prescription opioids become unavailable, heroin is there.

May 25, 2016 Op-Ed

It usually starts out harmless. Painkillers are prescribed to individuals who need them. Sometimes patients may be unaware of the addictive nature of these prescribed opiates, other times physicians are pressured to completely alleviate a patient’s pain to maintain approval ratings. Quickly and unintentionally, they get addicted.

May 5, 2016 Op-Ed

As a new congressman and member of the House Natural Resources Committee, I am humbled by the opportunity to bring the priorities and concerns of central Illinois to Washington, D.C.