U.S. Senate approves Foxx to head Transportation Department

WASHINGTON, June 27 Thu Jun 27, 2013 12:06pm EDT

WASHINGTON, June 27 (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Thursday voted 100-0 to approve Charlotte, N.C., Mayor Anthony Foxx to head the U.S. Transportation Department, handing him the job as tight budgets are forcing lawmakers to rethink how to fund huge U.S. infrastructure needs.

The 42-year-old Foxx joins President Barack Obama's Cabinet after four years as mayor of the 17th largest U.S. city and four years on the Charlotte city council. (Reporting by Doug Palmer; Editing by Vicki Allen)