The U.S. Senate on Thursday unanimously confirmed Anthony Foxx as secretary of transportation.
The Charlotte, N.C., mayor, had been nominated in late April to succeed outgoing Secretary Ray LaHood.
“I’d like to offer my heartiest congratulations to Secretary-to-be Foxx on his confirmation,” American Trucking Associations President and CEO Bill Graves said in a written comment on the confirmation. “As I said when he was nominated, the challenges of being mayor of a large city like Charlotte are not all that different from those of being a governor, so I’m confident he will be up to the test of providing this country with the first-rate, world-class transportation system our industry and our economy demand.”
Patrick D. Jones, executive director and CEO of the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association, the global association representing toll facility owners and operators and the businesses that serve them, also congratulated the new Cabinet member. “Secretary Foxx’s leadership comes at a time when our nation confronts unprecedented transportation infrastructure funding challenges,” Jones said in a statement. “We look forward to working with Secretary Foxx to overcome the transportation funding crisis, to improve transportation safety, to use innovative technologies to enhance the capacity of our road network and to rebuild our transportation infrastructure as an engine for jobs and economic growth.”
In May, JOC Associate Editor Mark Szakonyi discussed what Foxx’s appointment might mean for freight transportation.