Attention, American public: Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx, seen above with his wife and children, has now officially been sworn in as your new Secretary of Transportation. Not that it comes as a surprise, of course, being that Foxx had been nominated by President Obama a few months ago.

Foxx, who is the 17th US Transportation Secretary, inherits the job from Ray LaHood, who announced that he would be stepping down from his post earlier this year. The US Senate voted 100-0 in favor of Foxx's nomination on June 27th.

"Safety will remain our top priority at [The Department of Transportation]," Foxx said in a statement, adding that he would "work to improve the efficiency and performance of our current transportation system while building the infrastructure we need for future generations."

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Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx Sworn in as 17th U.S. Secretary of Transportation

WASHINGTON – Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx was sworn in as the nation's 17th Secretary of Transportation by Judge Nathaniel Jones in a private ceremony at U.S. Department of Transportation headquarters at 11 a.m. today. The ceremony was attended by Foxx's wife, Samara, and their two children, Hillary and Zachary, and used a Bible belonging to Secretary Foxx's great-grandparents, Peter and Ida Kelly. Secretary Foxx worked for Judge Jones as a law clerk for the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals after law school and invited Judge Jones to administer the oath of office today.

Secretary Foxx is spending his first full day meeting employees and holding meetings on important issues facing the Department, including transportation safety and hurricane and severe weather preparedness. Foxx was confirmed by the full U.S. Senate in a unanimous vote of 100-0 on June 27.

In a written message to all employees, Foxx underscored his commitment to safety:

"Safety will remain our top priority at DOT. At the same time, I will work to improve the efficiency and performance of our current transportation system while building the infrastructure we need for future generations," said Secretary Foxx. "In doing so, I look forward to bringing my 'on the ground' experiences as a mayor, while embracing the tremendous knowledge, skill and ingenuity of the DOT workforce and our many stakeholders."

As Secretary of Transportation, Foxx leads an agency with more than 55,000 employees and a $70 billion budget that oversees air, maritime, and surface transportation.

Prior to his confirmation, Foxx served as the mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina, from 2009 to 2013. During that time, he made efficient and innovative transportation investments the centerpiece of Charlotte's job creation and economic recovery efforts. These investments included extending the LYNX light rail system, expanding Charlotte-Douglas International Airport, and starting the Charlotte Streetcar project. Prior to being elected mayor, Foxx served two terms on the Charlotte City Council as an At-Large Representative, where he chaired the Transportation Committee.

Foxx is an attorney and has spent much of his time in private practice. In addition to his work as a law clerk, Foxx served as a trial attorney for the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and as staff counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary.

Foxx received a law degree from New York University's School of Law as a Root-Tilden Scholar, the University's prestigious public service scholarship. He also earned a bachelor's degree in History from Davidson College.


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      schizzle
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wow, 100-0? When was the last time Republicans and Democrats unanimously agreed on anything?
      asdf
      • 1 Year Ago
      Doesn't the insurance institute do more for safety than the government?
        johnbravo6
        • 1 Year Ago
        @asdf
        Terrorists and serial killers do more for safety than the government.
      NY EVO X MR GUY
      • 1 Year Ago
      The daughter looks like she is cooking up mischief.
      MikeInNC
      • 1 Year Ago
      He got little to nothing accomplished in the transportation arena as Mayor of Charlotte that didn't just carry over from the previous mayor (yes, I live in Charlotte) and he gets a promotion to lead transportation nationally. When are we going to start promoting people based on actual accomplishment? Being elected mayor, or any other political position, isn't a qualification for Transportation Secretary.
      • 1 Year Ago
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        Quen47
        • 1 Year Ago
        You might have heard of this crazy new invention where you can look up a public officials qualifications instead of just trolling for racism. It's called "the internet." Oh wait, that's what you are using now?
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          mawhalen53
          • 1 Year Ago
          Why would it matter?
          Big Rocket
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Anders: Not a Koran. The photo was from the source article in the Washington Post, which had the following caption under the photo, "Anthony Foxx is sworn in by Judge Nathaniel Jones. He is joined by his wife Samara, and their two children, Hillary and Zachary. The Bible used belonged to Foxx’s great-grandparents, Peter and Ida Kelly. (Photo courtesy of US DOT.)" http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/dr-gridlock/wp/2013/07/02/anthony-foxx-sworn-in-as-secretary-of-transportation/
          knightrider_6
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Big Rocket LOL. You are assuming that these teabaggers can read properly.
        speterjr
        • 1 Year Ago
        No more than the race, or gender, or sexual orientation, had anything to do with the President's previous appointments. I believe Fox is the first African-American male appointed by him to any office in his second term. Anyway, I just visited Charlotte, and was amazed at the speed and efficiency with which I was able to travel between the airport and downtown on public transportation. If Fox was responsible for that, we are in good hands with him as Transportation Secretary.
          carnut0913
          • 1 Year Ago
          @speterjr
          i like the 'second term' qualification. Who cares about the color, it has more to do with the qualifications. And Obama has a great legacy of putting unqualified people in position, relying on cronyism and back room deals rather than looking at qualifications. . Foxx may be okay, he hasnt been terrible in CLT- where I live.
        Mr_Trace
        • 1 Year Ago
        Where were you when Ray LaHood was being nominated at the DOT secretary years ago. Ray LaHood was congressman before he was the DOT secretary. These jobs have always been cabinet-level appointments by the President, and this doesn't change now just because a black man has this job. Racists will always reveal their ignorance.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Mr_Trace
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      Spartan
      • 1 Year Ago
      Lived in Charlotte for a while when he was Mayor. Great guy. Charlotte has made tons of progress in transportation and he was a huge supporter. Light rail progress and pushing the completion of the I-485 project were both hi priorities on his list. Granted, now 485 needs to be wider, but we can thank the huge population boom for that. At any rate, he'll be a better pick than LaHood, that's for sure.
        Mr_Trace
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Spartan
        Finally, someone with half a brain. This guy has way more transportation industry experience than his predecessor (Ray LaHood). Interesting how folks fail to do their research, but instantly jump on the ignorance band wagon.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Mr_Trace
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      The Wasp
      • 1 Year Ago
      In before racism. And the Senate confirmation vote was unanimous, by the way, so if you live in the US your elected senator and whichever party he/she represents supported this guy.
        tinted up
        • 1 Year Ago
        @The Wasp
        Ugh too many people automatically think about race. I see a normal looking AMERICAN family with a pretty hott wife. Not that it matters much but I am a white male.
        Gribble
        • 1 Year Ago
        @The Wasp
        The senate vote, while unanimous, was 27-0. That means that 73 (almost 3/4) of the senate didn't vote to confirm. Whether these senators abstained from voting, or were simply not present to vote, is another issue entirely.
          Gribble
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Gribble
          Nevermind, didn't read the article right. 27 voted in favor of the nomination. Looks like all 100 did vite to confirm this guy.
        Gurble
        • 1 Year Ago
        @The Wasp
        Too late.
      jah-nay
      • 1 Year Ago
      We are glad to get him out of Charlotte. Raised taxes and fees at every turn!
        TotalLamer
        • 1 Year Ago
        @jah-nay
        Can't have big-city amenities without big-city taxes. For a long time Charlotte could subsist on merely annexeing outlying areas to increase the tax base... this is no longer an option, the city's physical size is at its limits. Densification is what's going to be required now. Dense development requires more city services. Public transit and the like.
          Jarda
          • 1 Year Ago
          @TotalLamer
          > Can't have big-city amenities without big-city taxes. We won't know for sure unless we can compare to a 100% transparently financed big city.
        MAX
        • 1 Year Ago
        @jah-nay
        Moochers should move to some LIEbertarian wonderland like Somalia, let the pirates run your transportation system. As for all the race stuff, hey white guys, you're not in control anymore. Bush might be the last white male president because of the Commodus-like job he did.
          johnbravo6
          • 1 Year Ago
          @MAX
          Somalia is actually many times more prosperous without its government, and the stateless regions are far better than those with a recognized government surrounding them.
          stonehunte
          • 1 Year Ago
          @MAX
          You do realize that you are the idiot, don't you? Bush is/was a way better man and president than the slime ball we have in office now.
          Pj Taintz
          • 1 Year Ago
          @MAX
          this just in, max is a racist.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @MAX
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      RGT881
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hope he's got better ethics than Eric Holder...or Obama.
        Slowdownrem
        • 1 Year Ago
        @RGT881
        What? Oh, I get it! Because they're all black! You cheeky racists you :)
          carnut0913
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Slowdownrem
          not so much. more because of their track record. race has nothing to do with it.
      Mr_Trace
      • 1 Year Ago
      I worked for the FAA during Secretary LaHood's tenure. Mr. LaHood was a congressman prior to him being nominated for DOT Secretary post. This position, like all the executive cabinet secretary positions, are politically appointed. It so happens that Secretary Foxx does bring some transportation experience from Charlotte, where he was the mayor. It so happened, that Secretary LaHood did not bring any. For you guys spouting off with the racist comments, where were when Mr. LaHood was sworn in? Think before you speak.
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        @Mr_Trace
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          Dayv
          • 1 Year Ago
          Autoblog, your failure to moderate racists and trolls out of your comments is disappointing.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Mr_Trace
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          Mr_Trace
          • 1 Year Ago
          You can choose to call me what you want. My post is not as a black man, but as a man; something you may or may not understand. The reason why Autoblog MAY have deleted some of the comments you are talking about is because they have no validity. The facts remain, and I won't stoop to your level, is that the President has appointed many secretaries to no regard to color or creed. Look at the current administration and you can see this for yourself. Again, Secretary LaHood had no transportation experience when he was picked. Was it affirmative action then? Or did you choose to disregard this because he is not a minority? It has to be a two-way street; you can't have it your way all the time. Additionally, George Zimmerman has nothing to do with any post here; all that does is show how ignorant you are.
      ksrcm
      • 1 Year Ago
      I don't care if he's black, yellow or pink. Instead, I want to know if he EVER drove outside of Northern American continent. If he didn't, chances are very high he'll be as useless as La Hood. I say, let's help the guy and send him to a "fact finding trip" to Europe where he gets to rent a car and drive a week in northern Italy, a week in Germany and spends a week getting around Europe in trains. That's total of 3 weeks that would make all the difference in the world for improving our transportation infrastructure. Yes, that means also drastic changes in tests for obtaining drivers license.
        LoneWolf
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ksrcm
        Sorry, don't use trains in germany anymore. Since it was privatized, the company has four mayor problems: Spring,Summer, Autumn and Winter Oh, and you can't open the windows, if the A/C doesn't work (which it will, if it is hotter than ~35°C)
      Keska Bright
      • 1 Year Ago
      Everyone knows Obama\'s Administration looks like a hockey team. A little things to mix things up should be just fine. Some of these comments remind me of a penny....two-faced and worthless.
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