Mayor Foxx Wins Full Senate Vote as US Transportation Secretary


by WCCB Charlotte

WASHINGTON, D.C. -  Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx has been confirmed as the next U.S. Transportation Secretary by the full Senate with a unanimous vote of 100-0 completed at noon.

Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) called Foxx "superb and qualified" to oversee the country's "enormous transportation system, which is in trouble."

In a roll call vote that began at 11:34 a.m. both North Carolina Senators Richard Burr and Kay Hagan voted for Foxx's confirmation.

Foxx won national recognition when Charlotte hosted the Democratic National Convention last fall and was a key surrogate in North Carolina during President Obama's re-election campaign.

As Mayor, Foxx is credited with work extending the LYNX light-rail system, expanding Charlotte Douglas International Airport, and breaking ground on the street car project.

Foxx is expected to resign as Charlotte's Mayor to accept the position. He replaces Ray LaHood.

Foxx has been mayor since 2009. He's no stranger to Washington, D.C. He's worked for the Justice Department and the House Judiciary Committee.

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