Charlotte mayor to be nominated for transportation secretary
April 28th, 2013
05:04 PM ET
12 months ago

Charlotte mayor to be nominated for transportation secretary

(CNN) – President Barack Obama will tap Anthony Foxx, the mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina, on Monday to become his next transportation secretary, a White House official with knowledge of his decision said Sunday.

If confirmed by the Senate, Foxx would replace Ray LaHood, who said in January he wouldn’t serve a second term. LaHood has said he will remain in his post until a successor is confirmed.

Foxx, first elected mayor in 2009, helped lead last summer’s Democratic National Convention in the Queen City.

He also championed the completion of an additional runway at the Charlotte/Douglas International Airport, though Foxx doesn’t have any specific experience as a transportation executive. Earlier this month, Foxx announced he wouldn’t seek re-election at Charlotte’s mayor.

"As mayor of one of America’s most vibrant cities, Anthony Foxx knows firsthand that investing in world-class infrastructure is vital to creating good jobs and ensuring American businesses can grow and compete in the global economy," the White House official said.

Foxx will be the first African-American Cabinet nominee of Obama’s second term. Currently, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is the only African-American to lead a Cabinet agency.

The initial Cabinet picks of Obama’s second term - Secretary of State John Kerry, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew – were all white men. After receiving criticism for the lack of diversity, Obama named several women to prominent roles, including Sylvia Mathews Burwell as director of his budget office and Mary Schapiro as the chief of the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Criticism of Obama’s second-term Cabinet picks arose during Saturday’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner, when comedian Conan O’Brien joked that the president’s hair was “so white, it could be a member of your Cabinet.”

CNN's Jessica Yellin and Kevin Liptak contributed to this report.

soundoff (44 Responses)
  1. ThinkAgain

    As long as he can analyze our transportation challenges and lead effective people in implementing sounds plans and ideas, I say, bring him on!

    April 28, 2013 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  2. us_1776

    Anthony Foxx has the right mindset for the job of Transportation Secretary.

    He gets things done. Not just lip service.

    .

    April 28, 2013 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  3. Johnny5

    This looks like a good pick for transportation secretary!

    April 28, 2013 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  4. evilroyslade

    Too bad he's leaving North Carolina politics when the whole state is going tea party repugnicants.

    April 28, 2013 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  5. DocHollywood

    Betcha some senator will put a hold on his confirmation. Why? They don't need a reason anymore.

    April 28, 2013 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  6. Randy, San Francisco

    Count on it...Republicans/Tea Partiers will find some reason(s) to oppose this nomination.

    April 28, 2013 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  7. Rick McDaniel

    The corruption of political payback is in full force in this choice.

    April 28, 2013 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  8. Does it matter

    Does it matter if his cabinet members are white men or black men or hispanic men or women. Why should we care what race or creed this person is? Shouldn't this be about what is best for our country?

    April 28, 2013 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  9. John Jingle

    Just another loser to add to the worst administration ever to sit in the oval office. The country is falling apart, unemployment is still 15%, no jobs, no recovery.

    April 28, 2013 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  10. Steven

    This is a bad decision and it ignores all of the failures that he has had in CLT.

    CLT is having growing pains. It is "getting more and more citizens" [mostly through incorporating new counties] in the MSA. However the road networks are rarely ever expanded or updated. Since i moved here in 2008, there has been plans on finishing the outer loop arround the city. [485] this only kicked off a few months before the DNC came.

    Public transport: There is a bus system that goes 2 ways to downtown or away. We have a lightrail but its not very useful. To make things even worse ... all of these options stop running 1 hour before last call. Theres no concern over drunk drivers getting on the road [which that is an issue]. If you want to go somewhere in the city that is not downtown you will have to connect downtown.

    Lastly, there have been major issues in the last year with the CLT airport. One being: The city is in the business of deicing planes. This caused major delays in the last snowfall because the city was not prepared to handle the demand. [That also caused 1 plane to be delayed on the tarmac (with passengers) for 4 hours]. CLT airport lacks competition and US Airways gouges the residents]. The second major issue: There are many supporters of the airport being moved to an airport authority compared to city run. Mayor Foxx, without independent review, threw out the major supporter of the authority and an independent review found that the airport and the city would better benefit from an airport authority run system.

    Why is this clown being given authority to dictate our road networks. if you want to have a major political battle over everything. Hire this guy. Otherwise, hire an autobahn and transport designer instead. Foxx, by his record, has not been concerned in transport. He's concerned with looking good politically. (I suspect his support for the high speed rail was because CLT would get a new train station/light rail station as a result)

    April 28, 2013 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  11. Bill Richardson

    Yes, his cabinet choice is pine, with an oak veneer.

    April 28, 2013 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  12. Max in AL

    Great choice! Why?

    April 28, 2013 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  13. tom delparte

    No experience necessary. Just look at how well the current White House occupant is doing

    April 28, 2013 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  14. lisa s n.j.

    How can you nominate someone who has no experience in transportation?

    April 28, 2013 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  15. Guest

    he needs some new people bc his current staff is lacking. Obamacare is a trainwreck and dangerous people are running loose.

    April 28, 2013 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  16. Carl

    Hey Liberals – look what is in store for you sfter Obama leaves office:
    "Greek lawmakers on Sunday agreed to cut thousands of government workers..."

    April 28, 2013 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  17. John P. Tarver

    Charlotte is a nice town and I think some new blood could do US DoT some good.

    April 28, 2013 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  18. Maypo

    Is this guy the son of Redd Foxx...or Virginia Foxx (R-NC)?

    April 28, 2013 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  19. Skyblue45

    Mr. Foxx would be a reasonable choice for Transportation Secretary. This is a wonderful opportunity for him–we need serious attention to matters re: our transportation system. Let's see what Mr. Foxx can do.

    April 28, 2013 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  20. Whitey

    As a native of Charlotte, I say good riddance to Mr. Foxx and his dreams of choo choo trains

    April 28, 2013 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  21. PedroGonzalez

    Foxx has absolutely no substantial or relevant experience. He is a one term mayor of a medium sized city, who had little if any involvement with Charlotte's airport or other transportation modes. He is a lawyer who served on a bus manufacturer's Board for two years as it struggled to stay in business, but Foxx's role was to manage legal issues, not manufacturing or marketing.

    April 28, 2013 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  22. Zon

    Mayor Foxx is good enough to be the next minority POTUS.

    April 28, 2013 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  23. SkyKing169

    What a shame.
    Many excellent and qualified professional civil engineers exist and one whose professional focus has been transportation should be nominated. Several presidencies ago, the Secretary of Transportation of Pennsylvania became the Secretary of Transportation of the nation, and he did an outstanding job, having started and run the Transportation Research Institute and served as a full professor teaching among other things, transportation planning, identifying necessary measure to be taken to integrate the various modes of transportation to maximize economic benefit, and paying for the necessary elements of the transportation system.
    We need that again. It would be helpful if the Secretary of Transportation holds an airman's certificate.

    April 28, 2013 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  24. kaguru

    Mary Schapiro was the previous SEC chair. Mary Jo White is the newly appointed chair.

    April 28, 2013 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  25. former SEC attorney

    The President's second term nominee for Chairperson of the SEC was Mary Jo White not Mary Schapiro. Ms. Schapiro was the outgoing head of the SEC.

    April 28, 2013 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
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