Tuesday, April 30, 2013

President Obama Nominates Anthony Foxx As Transportation Secretary

President Obama on Monday nominated Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx (D) as his next transportation secretary. 

He was first elected to the Charlotte City Council in 2005, and was elected mayor on November 3, 2009, winning 51.5% of the vote.  He won a second term on November 8, 2011, winning more than two-thirds of the vote.

Originally elected at the age of 38, Foxx is the youngest mayor of Charlotte, and is the first Democrat to hold the office sinceHarvey Gantt left office in 1987.  He is Charlotte's second African American mayor, as well as its first newly-elected mayor since 1995. On April 5, 2013, he announced that he will not seek reelection as Mayor in 2013.

He graduated from Davidson College, where he was the first African American student body president, with a degree in history, in 1993, and earned a law degree from New York University School of Law in 1996.

After law school, Foxx returned to Charlotte to work for a short time at the Smith, Helms, Mullis, and Moore law firm, and left to become a clerk for Judge Nathaniel R. Jones of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati. Later he worked for the United States Department of Justice and the United States House of Repressentatives Judiciary Committee.  In 2004, he was the campaitn manager for Representative Mel Watt.

In 2001, he returned to Charlotte to work as a business litigator for Hunton & Williams. While a member of the city council, he retained his position as a litigator at Hunton & Williams, switching to part-time status.  In 2009, he left Hunton & Williams to join DesignLine Corporation, a hybrid electric bus manufacturer, as its Deputy General Counsel.

Foxx is married to Samara Ryder, also an attorney; they have two children. (Wiki)

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