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Originally published: 2013-05-01 10:22:20
Last modified: 2013-05-01 10:22:18

Charlotte Mayor Foxx chosen to head USDOT

by Anna Oakes

North Carolina's most high-profile mayor will be the next member of President Barack Obama's cabinet pending approval by the U.S. Senate.

Obama on Monday announced his decision to nominate Democratic Mayor of Charlotte Anthony Foxx to serve as secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation, replacing outgoing Republican secretary Ray LaHood.

U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan of North Carolina praised the nomination in a statement to media.

"Mayor Foxx has done terrific work for the people of Charlotte, and I know he will be a strong leader at the Department of Transportation," Hagan said. "He has a deep understanding of the urgent need to rebuild our national infrastructure, which is critical to maintaining a strong and growing economy."

The 11-member Charlotte City Council will select a replacement for Foxx should his Senate confirmation be successful.