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LaHood Is a Link to a Bygone House

LaHood won a special election on Thursday to replace former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock, who resigned in March. (Ron Johnson/Journal Star File Photo via AP)

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.  

Illinois District Elects Another LaHood to Replace Schock (Updated)

LaHood, left, debated Mellon in Springfield in August. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

Updated Friday, 3:31 p.m. |  Republican Darin LaHood will win a special election to replace former Rep. Aaron Schock , who resigned in March, The Associated Press projected Thursday. Updated results are available here .  

LaHood — is a state senator and the son of former Rep. Ray LaHood, Schock’s predecessor before joining the Obama administration as Transportation secretary in 2009.

These Are the Faces to Watch on Capitol Hill This Week

Reps. Peter Roskam, R-Ill., left, and Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., pose in the Capitol Building. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's stunning loss in his primary last week has initiated a leadership shakeup for House Republicans. Cantor endorsed current GOP Whip Kevin McCarthy as his successor during his resignation speech announcing he will step down from his leadership position at the end of July.  

Speaker John A. Boehner has so far refused to endorse a new majority leader, saying he can work with anyone. The GOP will host a candidate forum in the Capitol on Wednesday. Leadership elections will be held the next day .  

House Members Needing and Paying for Attorneys

At any given time there are always some members of the House of Representatives who find themselves in the need of having to pay for attorneys and legal services. In some instances, a member may have been dealing with the House Office of Congressional Ethics or the House Ethics Committee, such as Reps. Andrews, Bachmann, Bishop, Grimm, McMorris Rodgers, Mullin, Owens, and Schock.  

In the first quarter of this year, here are some of the large payments.  

Republican Members Move Last-Minute Money To David Jolly in Florida Special Election

Republican members of Congress are sending last-minute campaign contributions to win a special election in Florida on March 11th.  

Campaign finance reports for the campaigns of Republican David Jolly  and Democrat Alex Sink,  in the 13th District of Florida are due on Thursday and will disclose donors and disbursements from January 1 through February 19th. But last-minute contribution notices of contributions of $1,000 or more are required to be filed within 48-hours, between February 20th and March 8th.  

Members of Congress and Super PACs Keep Lawyers Busy

Campaign finance lawyers have been busy in the last few months providing legal services to members of Congress, Super PACs, and presidential campaigns.  

Several Senate and House members  dealt with serious campaign finance legal questions and investigations during the last quarter of 2013. Here are a few of the members of Congress and political organizations that paid for legal services, many relating to investigations and inquiries by the House and Senate Ethics Committees, the Federal Election Commission, and others.