Darin LaHood, a Central Illinois native, is a dedicated family man, a community volunteer and committed public servant. Born and raised in Peoria, Darin attended Spalding Institute/Academy of Our Lady High School before graduating from Loras College with a B.A. He continued his education by earning his J.D. from John Marshall Law School.
On September 17, 2015, LaHood was sworn in as the congressman for the 18th District of Illinois, a 19 county district covering Central and Western Illinois. Since being elected to Congress, LaHood has worked to curb wasteful spending in Washington and expand economic opportunity for Central Illinois. Additionally, LaHood has fought for policies that provide for strong National Security and support the strong agriculture foundation in the 18th district. As a member of the 114th Congress, LaHood has served on the House Committee on Natural Resources and the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.
Prior to joining the House Representatives, LaHood served in the Illinois State Senate from 2011-2015 where he fought to increase transparency and promote ethical behavior in Springfield by sponsoring legislation to create term limits for elected officials. LaHood spent more than nine years serving as a State and Federal Prosecutor, before serving in the legislature. From 2001-2006, LaHood worked as an Assistant United State’s Attorney in Las Vegas, Nevada. In that position, LaHood served in several capacities including as the Chief Terrorism Prosecutor and as the Lead Coordinator for the Project Safe Neighborhoods Program.
LaHood has also served as Assistant State’s Attorney in Cook County in the Narcotics Unit and a Felony Prosecutor with the Tazewell County State’s Attorney’s Office.
In 2005, LaHood was recognized by both the US Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in Nevada for his “outstanding work in fighting terrorism” and making America safer.
Currently, LaHood resides in Dunlap with his wife, Kristen, and their three sons, McKay, Luke and Teddy. LaHood and his family are parishioners at St. Vincent de Paul in Peoria. Despite his busy schedule, LaHood still coaches his son’s basketball and soccer teams. He’s also an avid runner and has completed 5 marathons. In addition, he serves on the Board of Directors for the Red Cross of Central and West-Central Illinois and is involved with the Salvation Army, Easter Seals, and St. Jude.