Possible replacements for Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood
Few women among possible LaHood replacements
The names being bandied about the most are men and include Democrats like Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell and former House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Jim Oberstar (D-Minn.).
The two women most commonly mentioned are a pair of female governors, one outgoing and one former.
Washington state Gov. Christine Gregoire (D) is leaving office after two terms. She is a former chairwoman of the National Governors Association and her state is home to one of the biggest aviation companies in the world, Boeing. Gregoire is also being mentioned as a possible pick for the Environmental Protection Agency.
Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D) is a former two-term governor of the state that is home to the American auto industry. Her Current TV show is ending soon, and she gave a fiery speech at the Democratic convention touting the bailout of the auto industry that has been viewed 86,000 times on YouTube.
The Transportation secretary position has often been a place where presidents tap members of the opposite party to show their bipartisanship. LaHood was a Republican member of the House from Illinois for 14 years before he was picked by Obama in 2009.
Another woman named as a possible Transportation secretary by some sources is Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas), who left Congress this month after serving 20 years in the Senate and would give Obama a chance to add a Republican to his Cabinet.