Charlotte Mayor Tapped To Become Next Transportation Secretary


  • Anthony Foxx, President Obama, Ray LaHood Picture

    Anthony Foxx, President Obama, Ray LaHood Picture

    President Obama announced that Anthony Foxx, the mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina, is his choice for Transportation secretary. | April 30, 2013

Just the Facts:
  • President Obama has nominated Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx to succeed Ray LaHood as U.S. Secretary of Transportation.
  • Foxx is credited with expanding public transportation in his city and moving away from a "car-centric" approach, according to Politico.com.
  • Obama introduced Foxx by noting he has championed streetcars, a light rail system and mass transit in his city.

WASHINGTON — President Obama has nominated Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx to succeed Ray LaHood as U.S. Secretary of Transportation.

Foxx, 41, is credited with expanding public transportation in his city and moving away from a "car-centric" approach, according to Politico.com.

Obama introduced Foxx by noting he has championed streetcars, a light rail system and mass transit in his city.

Foxx indicated during brief remarks on Monday that he will push for infrastructure investment and bipartisan agreement as Transportation secretary.

"There is no such thing as a Democratic or Republican road, bridge, port, air field or rail system," Foxx said. "We must work together across party lines to enhance this nation's infrastructure."

Foxx succeeds Ray LaHood, 67, who led a high-profile federal fight against distracted driving, promoted the benefits of cycling, and became a somewhat familiar face during congressional hearings into the massive Toyota recalls.

Edmunds says: Expect Anthony Foxx to follow in the footsteps of Ray LaHood as he focuses on expanding public transportation.

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