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Mayor Anthony Foxx

WASHINGTON, D.C. —Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx has been confirmed as the next U.S. Transportation Secretary after a 100-0 vote in the Senate Thursday afternoon, according to WSOC.

As secretary, the 42-year-old Foxx will oversee the agencies within the department that regulate the nation’s aviation, rail, transit and highway systems, as well as auto safety. He replaces outgoing secretary Ray LaHood, who campaigned against distracted driving and led the Obama administration’s efforts to boost the economy by improving the nation’s transportation.

Foxx released a statement Thursday afternoon saying, “I’m honored by today’s Senate vote.  Safer, more efficient transportation can make a difference in every American’s life.  I’ve seen it firsthand in Charlotte, and I’m looking forward to continuing the President’s commitment to improve transportation in communities across the country once I’m sworn in as the next Transportation Secretary.”

The mayor won national recognition when Charlotte hosted the Democratic National Convention last year. Foxx calls Obama a friend and was a key surrogate in North Carolina for the president during his re-election bid last fall.

More at: WSOC