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Obama to Tap Foxx for Head of Transportation

Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx addresses the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. President Barack Obama on Monday will nominate Foxx as his new transportation secretary, a White House official said Sunday, April 28, 2013. (AP Photo/J. Scott Ap

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(AURN) -- A White House official has confirmed President Obama will nominate North Carolina Mayor Anthony Foxx to head the Department of Transportation.  Upon confirmation, Foxx will replace outgoing Secretary Ray LaHood.  Foxx is Obama's first black nominee among the new Cabinet members appointed for the second term. Since his re-election the President has faced criticism from Black lawmakers because he failed to elect any African-Americans to his cabinet.

As mayor of North Carolina, Foxx has led efforts to improve his city's transit infrastructure to expand economic opportunity for businesses and workers. Charlotte has broken ground on several important transportation projects, including the Charlotte Streetcar Project to bring modern electric tram service to the city as well as a third parallel runway at Charlotte/Douglas International Airport. 

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