Obama to nominate Anthony Foxx as transportation secretary

WASHINGTON Sun Apr 28, 2013 7:39pm EDT

Mayor Anthony Foxx, announces a public-private partnership with Duke Energy, to use better technology to make Charlotte, NC, more energy efficient, at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York, September 23, 2010. (file photo) REUTERS/Chip East

Mayor Anthony Foxx, announces a public-private partnership with Duke Energy, to use better technology to make Charlotte, NC, more energy efficient, at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York, September 23, 2010. (file photo)

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama plans to nominate on Monday Charlotte, North Carolina, Mayor Anthony Foxx to be his next transportation secretary, a White House official said on Sunday.

If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Foxx would replace Ray LaHood, who has served as transportation secretary since January 2009.

Foxx is African-American and would add to the Obama Cabinet's racial diversity, something the president's supporters have been urging him to do.

As Charlotte mayor, Foxx is credited with improving the city's transportation systems.

"Foxx's career as a public official, in a rapidly changing urban environment, has been marked by an ability to integrate local, state and federal resources to meet important transportation challenges," the White House official said.

North Carolina has been an important swing state in presidential elections. It voted for Republican Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election, but backed Obama in 2008. Charlotte hosted the Democratic National Convention in 2012.

(Additional reporting by Steve Holland, Sarah N. Lynch; Editing by Stacey Joyce and Mohammad Zargham)

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Comments (4)
50cal wrote:
Very predictable. Three things we can be SURE about any new obama nominee-they are not white men, they are far left liberal, and they will be proven to have a questionable past. Time will tell.

Apr 28, 2013 6:40pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
xyz2055 wrote:
50cal..only a far right wing brain washed moron posts such BS. Ray LaHood, the current Secretary of Transportation (nominated by Obama to that post in 2009), is not only a white man..he’s a Republican. ALMOST all of Obama’s cabinet appointments are white men and 4 of them have been Republicans. How many Republicans can you name that are far left wing liberals? Tim Gaithner, Secretary of the Treasury..is white and far from being a liberal. Hagel is white, a Viet Nam war hero and a Republican.

Apr 28, 2013 12:50am EDT  --  Report as abuse
minipaws wrote:
Good riddance to Lahood. Building $800,000,000 road around Peoria, IL, even though tri-county population has decreased since 1980. At the same time laying off air traffic controllers!!!!

Apr 29, 2013 7:17am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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