It’s official: Anthony Foxx, mayor of Charlotte, is President Obama’s choice to head the Department of Transportation. Foxx, 41, will replace former Illinois congressman Ray LaHood. So far, it appears that Foxx is getting a warm reception from both sides of the aisle.
Here’s a quick roundup of what people are saying about Foxx’s nomination.
Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pa.), chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure:
“I am pleased the President has put forward a candidate to lead the U.S. Department of Transportation, and I congratulate Mayor Foxx upon his nomination. Transportation is important for our country. These issues are about jobs, quality of life, and prosperity. I remain committed to building consensus about how to strengthen our infrastructure, promote economic growth, and make the Nation more competitive in the global marketplace. Once he has been confirmed by the Senate, I look forward to working with Mayor Foxx to achieve these goals for our country.”
Rep. Nick Rahall II, (D-W. Va.), ranking member on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee:
“Mayor Foxx’s first-hand experience in promoting transportation as a means to create jobs, accommodate growth, and expand economic development will no doubt serve him well as he prepares to address the many infrastructure challenges now facing the country. I look forward to working together to develop the 21st Century transportation network that our Nation so desperately needs.”
The National Air Traffic Controllers Association:
“The National Air Traffic Controllers Association congratulates Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx on his nomination as Transportation Secretary. Mayor Foxx has a strong record of public service and will bring a fresh perspective to the infrastructure challenges facing our country. We look forward to working with him once confirmed on the vital issues involving our National Airspace System. NATCA also thanks Secretary Ray LaHood, who has served during the safest period in aviation history. His leadership and intense focus on safety has been an inspiration to all of us. We congratulate him on a job very well done and wish him the best in his future plans.”
Marie Lopez Rogers, mayor of Avondale, Ariz., and president of the National League of Cities:
“I applaud President Obama’s nomination of Mayor Anthony Foxx to be the next Secretary of Transportation. The Mayor has done an excellent job implementing transportation projects and programs in his city to the benefit of all Charlotte residents and businesses. I’m confident that he will bring this same leadership and know-how to the nation’s capital and will be an excellent addition to the President’s cabinet. I am especially pleased the President has chosen Mayor Foxx. He brings a local government perspective to the position and truly understands the role that local government plays in implementing federal policy. He will only strengthen the work of the Department of Transportation.
Bud Wright, executive director of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials:
“The nation’s state departments of transportation — the owners and operators of the national highway system and the leaders in innovative transportation solutions — look forward to working with Mayor Foxx on the important transportation issues facing the nation and on identifying a long-term sustainable transportation funding source.”