ANTHONY RENARD FOXX (born April 30, 1971) is an American politician
and lawyer who served as the
United States Secretary of Transportation
from 2013 to 2017. Previously, he served as the Mayor of Charlotte ,
North Carolina , from 2009 to 2013. He is a member of the Democratic
Party . First elected to the Charlotte City Council in 2005, upon
his 2009 mayoral victory he became the youngest mayor of Charlotte
and its second
African American mayor.
Barack Obama nominated Foxx to be the Secretary of
Transportation in April 2013, and he was confirmed by a 100-0 vote
in June 2013.
* 1 Early life
* 2 Legal career
* 3 Political career
* 3.1 Municipal government
* 3.2 Secretary of Transportation
* 4 Personal life
* 5 See also
* 6 References
* 7 External links
Foxx was born on April 30, 1971 in
Charlotte, North Carolina . He
was raised by his mother, Laura Foxx, and his grandparents, James and
Mary Foxx, and graduated from
West Charlotte High School . He
Davidson College , where he was the first African
American student body president, in 1993. Foxx majored in history,
and went on to earn a J.D. from
New York University
New York University School of Law in
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
Cincinnati . Later he worked for the United States
Department of Justice and the
United States House of Representatives
Judiciary Committee . In 2004, he was the campaign manager for
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 upon his election, he was
the city's first Democratic mayor since Harvey Gantt left office in
1987. Early in his political career, Foxx gained a reputation as a
quick study of local policy and led a number of City Council
initiatives, including the development of policies to enhance job
creation into the urban core of Charlotte, environmental efforts that
led to a single stream recycling program and greenhouse gas reduction
policies and acceleration of the region's transit plan.
Beginning his tenure as mayor while facing a nearly 13% area
unemployment rate, Foxx has announced the creation of more than 4,000
new jobs, has worked to reinforce Charlotte's role as a critical
energy industry hub, hosted a series of town hall meetings with
unemployed workers, pushed for changes to the city's small business
loan program to create new jobs, saw the completion of a new runway at
Charlotte-Douglas International Airport and led a delegation of
Charlotte business leaders to meet with senior White House officials
to press for several economic recovery spending measures. Three weeks
Barack Obama traveled to Charlotte to visit the new
Duke Energy headquarters and to highlight the first positive monthly
job growth figures in 18 months.
SECRETARY OF TRANSPORTATION
President Obama said on April 29, 2013 that he would nominate Foxx to
be the Secretary of Transportation. On June 27, 2013, the Senate
confirmed the nomination of Foxx to the Secretary of Transportation by
a vote of 100-0. Foxx resigned from his elected position as mayor to
accept the federal appointment. He priorities on 15 January 2014 at
the 93rd Annual
Transportation Research Board Chairman’s Luncheon in
On September 12, 2014, Foxx announced 72 projects that were going to
Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery grants
to help fund rapid transit projects.
On September 16, 2014, Foxx gave the keynote address at a rail
signing ceremony in
Grand Circus Park , which will be a
terminus of the new
Detroit Streetcar route.
Foxx was the designated survivor for the 2015 State of the Union
Address on January 20, 2015.
On July 14, 2015, Foxx served as keynote speaker during the inaugural
ride of the Charlotte, NC streetcar . This was a $37 million
transportation project he supported while holding office as the Mayor
of Charlotte prior to his appointment of Secretary of Transportation.
Foxx is married to Samara Ryder, also an attorney; they have a
daughter Hillary and a son Zachary.
* List of African-American
United States Cabinet Secretaries
* ^ A B Morrill, Jim; Lyttle, Steve (2009-11-03). "Foxx elected
Charlotte Observer . Retrieved 2009-11-03.
* ^ Spanberg, Erik (2009-11-06). "Pat McCrory: Seven terms and not
(quite) done yet".
Charlotte Business Journal . Retrieved 2009-11-11.
* ^ "Charlotte Mayor-Elect
Anthony Foxx Sits Down For Exclusive
Interview With Channel 9".
WSOC-TV . 2009-11-05. Archived from the
original on 2011-07-26. Retrieved 2009-11-09.
* ^ State Board of Elections - Nov. 3 Mecklenburg election results
* ^ "Charlotte Mayor
Anthony Foxx cites family in announcement he
won’t run for third term" (
Charlotte Business Journal article)
* ^ Baker, Peter (29 April 2013). "Charlotte Mayor Is Chosen as
Transportation Chief". The York Times. New York City.
* ^ Nomination of Mayor
Anthony Foxx to be Secretary of the U.S.
Department of Transportation: Hearing before the Committee on
Commerce, Science, and Transportation,
United States Senate, One
Hundred Thirteenth Congress, First Session, May 22, 2013.
* ^ A B Cabinet post caps Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx\'s steep
* ^ Charlotte Mayor
Anthony Foxx Sworn in as 17th U.S. Secretary of
Transportation Department of Transportation
* ^ Blogger: Inloggen
* ^ "Where Politics is a Family Affair". The
Charlotte Observer .
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* ^ A B C D Harrison, Steve (2009-10-18). "Anthony Foxx, Democrat -
Describes Himself as Mediator, Ready to Speak Out on Issues".
Charlotte Observer . p. 1A. access-date= requires url= (help )
* ^ A B C Rubin, Richard (2005-09-29). "Grandfather's Lessons Pay
Off for City Council Contender - Grandson of Stalwart of Democratic
Party Leads Primary At-Large Ticket". The
Charlotte Observer . p. 1B.
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* ^ A B "
Hunton & Williams Bios Anthony R. Foxx". Hunton &
Williams . Archived from the original on 2009-09-23. Retrieved
* ^ Valle, Kirsten (2009-11-06). "Foxx\'s mayor role raises firm\'s
Charlotte Observer . p. 10A. Retrieved 2009-11-09.
* ^ "Trustee in DesignLine bankruptcy seeks to recover $421,000 in
pay from former Mayor Anthony Foxx". Retrieved 2015-08-14.
* ^ "
Anthony Foxx resigns as mayor,
Patsy Kinsey named new mayor".
* ^ Secretary Anthony Foxx: Remarks at the 93rd Annual
Transportation Research Board Chairman’s Luncheon, Transportation
* ^ "USDOT awards $600 million in TIGER VI grants for 72
transportation projects". Progressive Railroading . 2014-09-15.
Archived from the original on 2014-09-17. Retrieved 2014-09-16. The
U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) on Friday announced all the
recipients of Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery
(TIGER) VI grants, several days after numerous members of Congress and
state officials began to tout individual grant awards.
* ^ "Officials participate in track signing ceremony celebrating
Detroit streetcar project". The Republic . 2014-09-15. Archived from
the original on 2014-09-17. Retrieved 2014-09-16. Transportation
Anthony Foxx delivered the keynote Monda