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Obama Names Foxx As Next Transportation Secretary

Charlotte, North Carolina Mayor Anthony Foxx is President Obama's choice to become Transportation Secretary.

At Age 41, Fox is the youngest elected Mayor in Charlotte's history and just the second African American to hold the job. He was first elected in 2009, and has overseen major improvements and expansion of his city's transportation infrastructure.

At the White House announcement, Obama praised Foxx as "one of the most effective mayors Charlotte has ever seen.

Fox emphasized the need for bipartisanship in working toward the country's transportation goals. "There is no such thing as a Democratic or Republican road, bridge, port, airfield or rail system," he said. "We must work together across party lines to enhance this nation's infrastructure."

The nomination comes just weeks after a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, Congressman Bennie Thompson, criticized Obama for not naming any African Americans among his early appointees for his second term in office.

If he's confirmed, Foxx will succeed the retiring Ray LaHood.

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