The U.S. Senate has unanimously approved Charlotte, N.C. Mayor Anthony Foxx to take over the role of U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary, replacing Ray LaHood.
As mayor of Charlotte, Foxx supported mass transit and smart growth development, helping provide a variety of transportation choices to his city. However, Foxx has little experience working with the automotive industry.
Fox promises to continue in LaHood’s footsteps in focusing on safety and helping reduce distracted driving and will work with Congress and the transportation community to find new ways to fund highway projects and other infrastructure needs.
He will now be in charge of about 53,000 full-time employees and will control more than a $72 billion in budget authority.