For Immediate Release, September 26, 2003
"Ray LaHood to Donate Papers to The Dirksen Center"
PEKIN - Congressman Ray LaHood announced his intention to donate
his congressional papers to The Dirksen Center Friday evening
at the dedication of The Center's new $1.6 million facility.
"Congressman LaHood's decision reinforces The Center's long-term
viability as a research center," stated Frank Mackaman, a Center
staff member. "It ensures that we have the uninterrupted documentary
record of this district's congressional representation since
1933 -- that's 70 years and counting," he noted.
Congressman Ray LaHood is serving his fifth term in Congress.
He represents the people of the 18th Congressional District of
Illinois, which is largely the same district Abraham Lincoln
represented during his service in Congress.
For the 108th Congress, Ray continues his service on the powerful
House Appropriations Committee, the panel that oversees federal
discretionary spending, and the House Permanent Select Committee
on Intelligence. He is the Chairman of the Terrorism and Homeland
Security Subcommittee and Vice Chairman of the Intelligence Policy
and National Security Subcommittee for the House Permanent Select
Committee on Intelligence. Within the House Appropriations Committee,
Ray serves on the Agriculture and Legislative Subcommittees,
as well as the Veterans Affairs, Housing and Urban Development,
and Independent Agencies Subcommittee. He is Vice Chairman of
the Legislative Subcommittee.
"Central Illinois has produced a long line of distinguished
public servants - Scott Lucas of Havana, Everett Dirksen of Pekin,
and Bob Michel of Peoria," Mackaman said. "Congressman LaHood
is poised by position and reputation to join that impressive
list." The Center houses the papers of the late Senate Minority
Leader Everett McKinley Dirksen and former House Republican Leader
Robert H. Michel.
The Center is a nonpartisan, nonprofit educational and research
organization devoted to helping people better understand the
U.S. Congress, its members and leaders, its processes and procedures,
and the public policies it produces.
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