WASHINGTON — The Senate has unanimously confirmed Anthony Foxx, the mayor of Charlotte, N.C., and a political ally of President Barack Obama, as transportation secretary. It is anticipated he will be sworn in next week.
Foxx, 42, was approved Thursday by a 100-0 vote. He replaces outgoing secretary Ray LaHood, who campaigned against distracted driving and led the Obama administration's efforts to boost the economy by improving the nation's infrastructure and jump-starting high-speed trains.
As secretary, Foxx will oversee the agencies within the department that regulate the nation's aviation, rail, transit and highway systems, as well as auto safety.
President Barack Obama said he was pleased with Foxx’s confirmation, saying, “Anthony knows firsthand that investing in our roads, bridges and transit systems is vital to creating good jobs and ensuring American businesses can grow and compete in a 21st century global economy.
“I welcome Anthony to my team, and I look forward to working with him as we aim to modernize the infrastructure that powers our economy.”
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell also applauded the Senate confirmation, as did the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, the American Trucking Associations, the Associated Equipment Distributors and Building America’s Future.
“I’d like to offer my heartiest congratulations to Secretary-to-be Foxx on his confirmation,” said ATA President and CEO Bill Graves. “As I said when he was nominated, the challenges of being mayor of a large city like Charlotte are not all that different from those of being a governor, so I’m confident he will be up to the test of providing this country with the first-rate, world-class transportation system our industry and our economy demand.”
Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD) President Edward Wytkind also issued his congratulations, calling Foxx “a skilled and respected leader.”
The mayor won national recognition when Charlotte hosted the Democratic National Convention last year. He calls Obama a friend and was a key surrogate in North Carolina for the president during his re-election bid last fall.
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