President Obama nominated Charlotte, N.C. mayor Anthony Foxx yesterday to be the next Secretary of Transportation. He will succeed current Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, who announced in January he would leave the post once a successor is chosen. Under Foxx, Charlotte has developed a facility connecting freight from the city to global ports, along with a third parallel runway at Charlotte/Douglas International Airport.
Sen. John Rockefeller IV (D-W.Va.), chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, said he will move Foxx’s nomination in the committee as soon as possible. “He can be a driving force in the federal effort to take advantage of transportation opportunities,” Rockefeller said. House Transportation chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) added, “I am pleased the President has put forward a candidate to lead the U.S. Department of Transportation, and I congratulate Mayor Foxx upon his nomination.”
Foxx is a lawyer by training and was elected mayor in 2009 and re-elected in 2011. He served as a member of the Charlotte City Council from 2005 to 2009 while practicing at the law firm Hunton & Williams.