Anthony Foxx, Charlotte Mayor, is the President’s
pick to succeed Ray LaHood as USDOT
Secretary. (Photo by Mark Lennihan/AP)
Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx will be nominated to replace Ray LaHood as USDOT Secretary. The Charlotte Observer (story) and the Huffington Post (story) reported the news early Sunday afternoon. Update: The White House confirmed the nomination late Sunday afternoon.
Foxx was elected Mayor in 2009, and his profile increased greatly after his city hosted the 2012 Democratic National Convention.
Reelected in 2011, Foxx previously announced he would not run again, surprising many. At the time he indicated a desire to spend more time with his family – something that will have to wait until after his stint at USDOT. Many Democratic activists had hoped he would run for Governor.
As a City Council member, prior to being elected as Mayor in 2009, Foxx chaired the City’s Transportation Committee. Other than that and dipping into transportation issues as Mayor, the Observer notes Foxx “doesn’t have an extensive transportation background. [H]e has some Washington experience. . .he served on staff of the House Judiciary Committee from 1999-2001 and before that worked two years in the civil rights division of the justice department.”
The Observer also reports that
As mayor of what it called one of America’s most vibrant cities, the White House said, Foxx has firsthand knowledge of the type of infrastructure needed to create jobs and compete in a globe economy. The White House touted Foxx’s ability to integrate local, state and federal resources to meet transportation challenges.
Federal officials cited his work breaking ground on a Charlotte streetcar project that would bring an electric tram service through the center of town as well as helping lead expansion of the Charlotte-Douglas International Airport and plans to extend the city’s light rail system north of the city to the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Mayor Foxx’s political career began in 2005 with his election to City Council as an At-Large Representative and served two terms before being elected Mayor in 2009. As a Council Member, Foxx chaired the Transportation Committee, was a member of the Economic Development & Planning Committee, and served as Council’s representative to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Development Corporation and the Mecklenburg-Union Metropolitan Planning Organization.
Foxx received a law degree from New York University’s School of Law as a Root-Tilden Scholar, the University’s prestigious public service scholarship, and earned a bachelor’s degree in History from Davidson College. He is a member of the Mecklenburg County Bar and a graduate of its Leadership Institute.
Prior to joining the DesignLine Corporation as Deputy General Counsel in 2009, Foxx was an attorney at Hunton & Williams law firm. He also served as a law clerk for the United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, a trial attorney for the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice, and staff counsel to the United States House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary.