MSNBC talk show hosts this morning said that Mayor Villaraigosa was on a short list for US Secretary of Transportation, along with former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell and Republican Congressman Steven LaTourette of Ohio. But a story on The Hill blog the day after the election noted that it has become unclear whether in fact Ray LaHood is leaving the position.

LaHood, formerly a Republican Congressman from Illinois, had said last year that he would step down if Obama was re-elected but, according to The Hill, he has been less definite about that in recent months.

About the job LaHood had said "As somebody who's been in public service 35 years, I don't know if I've ever had a better job."

Read more on The Hill.

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