Obama to Name Charlotte Mayor DOT Secretary

First minority pick among second-term appointees

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 28, 2013 4:33 PM CDT

(Newser) – Charlotte mayor Anthony Foxx—an up-and-coming Democrat who grabbed attention as host of last year's Democratic National Convention—will be President Obama's pick to replace Ray LaHood as Transportation secretary, reports Politico, citing White House sources. Foxx would be Obama's first minority pick among second-term appointees, adds the AP. The 41-year-old was first elected in 2009 and had announced that he would not stand for re-election this year, reports the Charlotte Observer, prompting rumors that he was headed for an Obama Cabinet gig. His transportation resume includes a streetcar project and airport expansion, officials say.

Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx speaks during the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC, on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012.
Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx speaks during the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC, on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
In a Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010 file photo, Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx, who is reported to be President Obama's pick to succeed Ray LaHood as Transportation secretary.
In a Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010 file photo, Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx, who is reported to be President Obama's pick to succeed Ray LaHood as Transportation secretary.   (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx addresses the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC, on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012.
Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx addresses the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC, on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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