The U.S. Senate voted 100-0 Thursday morning to confirm Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx to be the next U.S. Transportation Secretary after Sen. John Rockefeller, a West Virginia Democrat, said Foxx would be a “superb” person to lead the country’s transportation network.
Foxx, 42, will immediately confront safety and funding challenges in a large department that oversees the nation’s highway, transit, aviation and rail networks.
Skeptics have questioned whether Foxx brings enough heft to the job. But supporters admire his push in Charlotte for improvements to the city’s airport, highways and transit systems. Others like his experience working with the federal government on the local level.
Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., said in a floor speech Thursday that Foxx was “well prepared” to lead the transportation department. “I have the utmost confidence he will serve in this role with great distinction,” she said.
Foxx already has connections on Capitol Hill from his days as a congressional staffer. But he’ll have a tough act to follow in Ray LaHood, a former Republican congressman from Illinois who’s served in President Barack Obama’s cabinet for more than four years. Read more here.