Obama to Nominate Charlotte Mayor Foxx to DOT

April 29, 2013

By Oliver Patton

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President Obama nominated Charlotte, N.C., Mayor Anthony Foxx to be Secretary of Transportation.
President Obama nominated Charlotte, N.C., Mayor Anthony Foxx to be Secretary of Transportation.

President Obama will nominate Charlotte, N.C., mayor Anthony Foxx to be Secretary of Transportation, news sources are reporting.

Foxx would replace Ray LaHood, who has said he would serve until a successor is confirmed.

Foxx, 41, is considered a rising political star. Politico named him one of “50 to watch” after his successful bid to bring the 2012 Democratic National Convention to Charlotte.

Foxx was elected mayor in 2009. Since then he has pushed to expand public transit, helped develop a new inland port and worked on a new runway at Charlotte/Douglas International Airport.

“As mayor of one of America’s most vibrant cities, Anthony Foxx knows firsthand that investing in world-class infrastructure is vital to creating good jobs and ensuring American businesses can grow and compete in the global economy,” said a White House official cited in The Washington Post.

Foxx was born and raised in Charlotte by his single mother and grandparents. He graduated from Davidson College, where he was the first African-American student body president, and from the New York University School of Law.

He worked as an appellate court clerk, as a staffer in the U.S. House and as a practicing attorney in Charlotte before moving full time into politics.

He was elected to the Charlotte City Council in 2005, serving two terms before being elected mayor in 2009.

His nomination will be announced today.




  1. 1. Bay0Wulf [ April 29, 2013 @ 08:13AM ]


    A Court Clerk, A Lawyer who "Gave it all up" to become a full time "Politician". That's just what we need ... a politician to be the "Secretary of Transportation".

    I guess the thought that he maybe might have some clue about "Infrastructure" and ... hopefully will know his way around the Political Circle Jerk ... will make him useful to the Transportation Industry.

    Why can't we get someone in these spots that actually know which side is the Rubber Side? I know ... and then there's Air-Water-Rail ... so how about somebody who actually knows something about "Transportation"?

  2. 2. orvil fearon [ April 29, 2013 @ 08:42AM ]

    am just sick and tired of new regulation which do affect the independent truck drivers the more we pay in taxes we dont seems to get any break or raise in the industry since 1989 we dont realy need more pressure on us we need fare rates.

  3. 3. Steve P [ April 29, 2013 @ 02:00PM ]

    Bay and orvil hot it spot on

  4. 4. Terry Massey [ April 29, 2013 @ 05:38PM ]

    Obama is running true to form putting another person has office who has never run a business that has to make a profit and has no skin in the game. I'm not knocking this young man, he sounds like a real go getter but I would prefer a trucking company exec or an sucessfull owner operator. I hope that he has enough sense to ask somebody in the industry before he makes major changes. I realize that infrastructure building is good but new roads are worthless if you have to use them to drive past the closed businesses.

  5. 5. Rob [ May 01, 2013 @ 01:27AM ]

    Since Redd Foxx wasn't available...

    At least he would have been slightly more qualified.


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