Jerry Lewis

Darin LaHood of Illinois is a link to a bygone House

WASHINGTON The newest member of the House, Illinois Republican Darin LaHood, who will succeed Aaron Schock, has connections to Congress that go back more than 25 years to when his father, Ray LaHood, was a staff member for Robert H. Michel, the House minority leader at the time.

When Michel retired, Ray LaHood won his Illinois district in 1994 which he represented until becoming transportation secretary in 2009.

With some changes in boundaries, today's 18th District that Darin LaHood will represent is about the same one his father and Michel represented.

Not only is Darin LaHood the son of a former member of Congress, he, like about 80 members, once...