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White House: Anthony Foxx in line for transportation post

Posted April 28, 2013

— President Barack Obama on Monday will nominate Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx as his new transportation secretary, a White House official told The Associated Press Sunday.

If confirmed by the Senate, Foxx would replace outgoing Secretary Ray LaHood.

Foxx is Obama's first black nominee among the new Cabinet members appointed for the second term. The president faced criticism early in his second term for a lack of diversity among his nominees.

The official insisted on anonymity to avoid public discussion of the pick before the official announcement.

The official noted that Foxx has led efforts to improve his city's transit infrastructure to expand economic opportunity for businesses and workers.

Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx Charlotte mayor reportedly tapped for US transportation post

During Foxx's term as mayor, Charlotte has broken ground on several important transportation projects, including the Charlotte Streetcar Project to bring modern electric tram service to the city as well as a third parallel runway at Charlotte/Douglas International Airport.

The city has also moved to extend the LYNX light rail system to the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, the official said.

"It puts us in a great spot to get additional federal funding for the high-speed rail, for Triangle transit here and for all kinds of highway projects throughout the state," former Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker said Sunday evening.

Foxx, an attorney who has worked in several positions with the federal government, was elected to the Charlotte City Council in 2005.

In 2009, he was elected mayor, replacing then-Mayor Pat McCrory who decided not to seek another term in office.

McCrory served as mayor from 1995 to 2009 and was elected governor last year.

"I wish Mayor Foxx and his family the best in taking on this important public service responsibility and I look forward to a positive working relationship," McCrory said in a statement Sunday evening.


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  • ConservativeVoter Apr 29, 2013

    An affirmative action hire.

  • goldenosprey Apr 29, 2013

    rsgolo- Mayor Foxx is an executive of a city with light rail, LYNX, CATS and dealing with increasing traffic and a slow to be completed 485.

  • WralCensorsAreBias Apr 29, 2013

    Ask Obama when you get there why he and Congress are exempt from Obamacare.

    Maybe you can share with us how they get away with not being forced into it and we don't.

  • disgusted2010 Apr 29, 2013

    I see Grand Union woke up to stir the pot again.

  • rsgolo Apr 29, 2013

    Grand Union, you can spit out all that drivel as you please, but you and I both know he was mentioned for this post for one purpose only: to "diversify" the cabinet.

  • ripetomatoes Apr 29, 2013

    The only required qualification for the job is being elected... Grand Union


    The person must be a natural-born citizen of the United States and must have been a permanent resident of the United States of America for at least 14 years. Additionally, a candidate must not have served more than one previous term as president, not have been impeached by the Senate, and not have participated in a rebellion against the United States. Candidate must be at least 35 years of age.

    As a citizen of the US, you should know this.

  • Grand Union Apr 29, 2013

    "Makes sense to me!! Obama continuing to hire people with no qualifications in the job at all!!

    How is he not qualified? He's certainly better educated than MCCrory is...........

  • Grand Union Apr 29, 2013


    The only required qualification for the job is being elected.......

  • Grand Union Apr 29, 2013

    "It will probably take a generation to undo the agenda items passed by this unqualified excuse for a President and his cronnies in Congress!!"

    Like what?

  • Grand Union Apr 29, 2013

    If republicans think McCrory is ok for being Gov why have they such a problem with another Charlotte mayor being Transport Sec?