Obama Nominates Charlotte Mayor as Transportation Secretary (VIDEO)
Matt | On 30, Apr 2013
President Obama kicked off his week by continuing the quest to fill his empty Cabinet positions.
In a move that was surprising to me, he nominated Charlotte, North Carolina Mayor Anthony Foxx to be the 17th Secretary of Transportation. In his role, if confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Foxx would oversee the entire federal government agency. He would be responsible for ensuring America begins rebuilding its roads and bridges. He would also have a strong hand in increasing the nation’s amount of high-speed rail to connect major cities — an initiative championed by President Obama when he entered office.
In Monday’s news conference at the White House, Obama praised outgoing Secy. Ray LaHood. The president noted the fact that the two achieved a lot during their time together, especially considering that LaHood is a Republican. From there, Obama expressed his enthusiasm to see Foxx rise to the Cabinet ranks and use his expertise to serve America’s transportation needs.
Some say the U.S. Senate confirmation hearings could start in May.
Foxx, who turns 42 on Tuesday, has served as Charlotte mayor since 2009. While in office, he has been responsible for efforts to expand Charlotte Douglas International Airport, according to The Charlotte Observer. He has also sought to extend the city’s light rail into more communities and bring a streetcar to the downtown area. As with any politician, he has received pushback on all three projects. But, his accomplishment list, especially around transportation, is far better than some other mayors of similar cities.
Let’s not forget that Charlotte was the host of the 2012 Democratic National Convention. On top of that, Foxx was an Obama campaign surrogate in during the election. It’s all about WHO you know!
As I watched the announcement on Monday, I couldn’t help but think what an awesome birthday Foxx must be having. This is a helluva career move to go from mayor directly to a Cabinet-level position in the federal government. Foxx’s name had been thrown around in the 2012 gubernatorial race, but he dismissed talk of heading to Raleigh. Now I see why!