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For a guy who knows roads, former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood isn’t taking Easy Street on his first job since leaving the Cabinet.

He’s the new senior fellow at the Dirksen Congressional Center, which is an educational non-profit devoted to helping people understand Congress.

And that’s no easy task.

But he’s well-suited for it, having been a congressional staffer for a dozen years and a member of the House for 14. He also has bipartisan credibility, having been a Republican Cabinet member in a Democratic administration. “I’m a big fan of The Center,” LaHood said in a statement. “The work they do with teachers all over the country is impressive.”

LaHood, who left DoT last month, also sits on the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics Board of Advisors