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Anthony Foxx
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U.S. Secretary of Transportation
Elections and appointments
NominatedApril 29, 2013
ConfirmedJune 27, 2013
AppointedJuly 2, 2013
Appointed byBarack Obama
Prior offices
Mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina
Charlotte City Council
Campaign Manager for Rep. Mel Watt
High schoolWest Charlotte High School
Bachelor'sDavidson College
J.D.New York University School of Law
Date of birthApril 30, 1971
Place of birthCharlotte, North Carolina
Office website
Anthony Renard Foxx (b. April 30, 1971, in Charlotte, North Carolina) is the current United States Secretary of Transportation.[1] He was nominated on April 29, 2013, and unanimously confirmed by the Senate on June 27, 2013, with a 100-0 vote.[2]

He previously served as the youngest mayor to ever serve in Charlotte, North Carolina, and on the Charlotte City Council prior to that.[3]


Born in Charlotte, North Carolina, Foxx attended West Charlotte High School before graduating from Davidson College. He earned a J.D. from New York University School of Law as a Root-Tilden-Kern Scholar.[4] Foxx worked as a law clerk in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, a trial attorney for the Justice Department and a staff council on the House Judiciary Committee before being elected to the Charlotte City Council in 2005. He also worked at the private law firm Hunton & Williams.[4]


Below is an abbreviated outline of Foxx's academic, professional and political career:[3][5][4]

  • 1993: Graduated from Davidson College
  • 1996: Earned J.D. from New York University School of Law
  • 2004: Campaign Manager for Rep. Mel Watt
  • 2005-2009: Member of Charlotte City Council
  • 2009-2013: Mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina
  • 2013-Present: United States Secretary of Transportation

Confirmation vote

Foxx was confirmed by the Senate on June 27, 2013, by a vote of 100-0.[2] He succeeded Ray LaHood.

Anthony Foxx confirmation vote, June 27, 2013
Party Votes for Approveda Votes against Defeatedd Total votes
Democratic Party Democrats 52 0 52
Republican Party Republicans 46 0 46
Independent Independents 2 0 2
Total Votes 100 0 100


Executive Departments of the United States

Executive Departments
Department of DefenseDepartment of StateDepartment of Homeland SecurityDepartment of JusticeDepartment of CommerceDepartment of EducationDepartment of the TreasuryDepartment of AgricultureDepartment of EnergyDepartment of LaborDepartment of TransportationDepartment of the InteriorDepartment of Health and Human ServicesDepartment of Veterans AffairsDepartment of Housing and Urban Development

Department Secretaries
Ashton CarterJohn KerryJeh JohnsonEric HolderPenny PritzkerArne DuncanJack LewTom VilsackErnest MonizTom PerezAnthony FoxxSally JewellSylvia Mathews BurwellRobert McDonaldJulian Castro

Secretary of Transportation term initiatives

30-year DOT outlook

Foxx announced the development of a 30-year transportation outlook by DOT officials on September 7, 2014, in an effort to distance the country from the Highway Trust Fund, which gave federal fuel taxation money to state transportation departments for highway construction and maintenance. Foxx said, "We’re having the wrong conversation about transportation in this country. There are a host of factors that are colliding, that are changing the ground underneath us. But yet our policies, not to mention our funding, aren’t keeping up. I think it’s very important for us to have a new reset." He explained further, the goal of the research, "My hope is that people will take a look at this, and some of the unexamined assumptions we’ve had about transportation in the last couple of decades will start to be examined, and policymakers hopefully will understand we can’t just concern ourselves with the funding side of the equation, that how that funding is actually deployed is a key piece of how we move forward."[6]

TIGER grants

On September 12, 2014, the DOT awarded grants for the completions of 72 infrastructure projects across the country for a total of $600 million. The projects covered 46 states and Washington, D.C.. Secretary Foxx stated that the program, passed by Congress in 2009, would have offered more had members agreed to a new highway bill. He claimed, "For every project we select, however, we must turn dozens more away — projects that could be getting done if Congress passed the GROW AMERICA Act, which would double the funding available for TIGER and growing the number of projects we could support."[7]



Foxx was considered to be a potential Democratic candidate for North Carolina's U.S. Senate seat in 2016.[8] The seat is currently held by Sen. Richard Burr (R). In September 2014, Burr mentioned that Foxx had made a commitment not to run.[9] Nonetheless, his name appeared in a December 2014 poll from Public Policy Polling, matching up Burr against potential challengers.[10]

Potential match-up: Richard Burr vs. Anthony Foxx
Poll Richard Burr (R) Anthony Foxx (D)Not sureMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Polling
December 4-7, 2014
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Foxx is married with two children.[5]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Ray LaHood
U.S. Secretary of Transportation
Succeeded by