Charlotte, N.C., Mayor Expected to Be Nominated for Cabinet
President Obama will nominate Charlotte, N.C., Mayor Anthony Foxx as the new secretary of Transportation on Monday, a White House official said.
If confirmed, Foxx would take charge of a department that has been in the spotlight of late because of flight delays associated with furloughs of air traffic controllers. Last week, under pressure from inconvenienced travelers, Congress passed legislation allowing the Federal Aviation Administration - part of the Transportation Department — to halt the furloughs, which are related to $85 billion in across-the-board spending cuts.
Foxx would become the second African American in Obama’s Cabinet, joining Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr.
The current Transportation secretary, Ray LaHood, had announced his resignation in January, effective upon his replacement’s confirmation.
Foxx, a 41-year-old lawyer, was in the national spotlight last summer as the host of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte.