Anthony Foxx, mayor of Charlotte, N.C., has been selected by President Barack Obama to be the new head of the Department of Transportation, NBC News reports.
Current Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood had planned to leave for the president’s second term, and NBC News said he is expected to stay until Foxx is confirmed by the U.S. Senate.
Foxx was first elected mayor Charlotte in 2009, and he was re-elected in 2011.
“As an executive, Mayor Foxx is keenly aware of the connection between transportation investment, economic growth and job creation, and he understands how critical transportation investment is to cities and metropolitan areas in fueling economic growth and recovery,” said Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter, president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, in a statement praising the nomination. “One example of his leadership is his strong advocacy for his 2030 Transit Corridor System Plan, a growth stimulating investment in his region's public transportation network that includes 25 miles of commuter rail, 21 miles of light rail, 16 miles of streetcar, 14 miles of bus rapid transit, and an expanded network of buses and other transit services.”
Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa., chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, said he looks forward to working with Foxx after he is confirmed.