Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx on Tuesday was sworn in as the country’s transportation secretary.
He was confirmed by the full U.S. Senate in a unanimous vote of 100-0 on June 27.
As transportation secretary, Foxx leads an agency with more than 55,000 employees and a $70 billion budget that oversees air, maritime, and surface transportation.
Prior to his confirmation, he served as the mayor of Charlotte from 2009 to 2013. During that time, he is credited with making transportation investments the centerpiece of Charlotte's job creation and economic recovery efforts. These investments included extending the LYNX light rail system, expanding Charlotte-Douglas International Airport, and starting the Charlotte Streetcar project.
Prior to being elected mayor, Foxx served two terms on the Charlotte City Council as an at-large representative, where he chaired the Transportation Committee.