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Anthony Renard Foxx (born April 30, 1971) is an American politician and lawyer who served as the United States
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.[1][2][3] First elected to the Charlotte City Council in 2005, upon his 2009 mayoral victory he became the youngest mayor of Charlotte[4] and the second African American
African American
mayor.[5] President Barack Obama
Barack Obama
nominated Foxx to be the Secretary of Transportation[6][7] in April 2013, and he was confirmed by a 100-0 vote in June 2013.[8][9]

Contents

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

Early life[edit] Foxx was born on April 30, 1971 in Charlotte, North Carolina.[10] He was raised by his mother, Laura Foxx, and his grandparents, James and Mary Foxx,[11] and graduated from West Charlotte High School.[1][12] He graduated from Davidson College, where he was the first African American student body president,[13] in 1993. Foxx majored in history,[14] and went on to earn a J.D. from New York University School of Law in 1996.[12][14] Legal career[edit] 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
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
United States
House of Representatives Judiciary Committee.[12] In 2004, he was the campaign manager for Representative Mel Watt.[13] In 2001, he returned to Charlotte to work as a business litigator for Hunton & Williams.[12] While a member of the city council, he retained his position as a litigator at Hunton & Williams, switching to part-time status.[15] In 2009, he left Hunton & Williams to join DesignLine Corporation, a hybrid electric bus manufacturer, as its Deputy General Counsel. In August 2015, the Trustee for DesignLine filed suit for $420,000, clawback against Foxx on the allegation that Foxx didn’t actually do the job he reportedly held at DesignLine.[16] Political career[edit] Municipal government[edit] Foxx was first elected to the Charlotte City Council in 2005 to an at-large seat, and was re-elected in 2007. He won election as Charlotte's mayor in 2009; upon his election, he was the city's first Democratic mayor since Harvey Gantt
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
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 later, President Barack Obama
Barack Obama
traveled to Charlotte to visit the new Duke Energy
Duke Energy
headquarters and to highlight the first positive monthly job growth figures in 18 months. Secretary of Transportation[edit] 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.[8] Foxx resigned from his elected position as mayor to accept the federal appointment.[17] He outlined his priorities on 15 January 2014 at the 93rd Annual Transportation Research Board Chairman’s Luncheon in Washington, DC.[18] On September 12, 2014, Foxx announced 72 projects that were going to receive Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery
Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery
grants to help fund rapid transit projects.[19] On September 16, 2014, Foxx gave the keynote address at a rail signing ceremony in Detroit's Grand Circus Park, which will be a terminus of the new Detroit
Detroit
Streetcar route.[20][21][22][23][24] Foxx was the designated survivor for the 2015 State of the Union Address on January 20, 2015.[25][26] 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. [27]https://www.bizjournals.com/charlotte/blog/queen_city_agenda/2015/07/anthony-foxx-takes-charlotte-streetcar-for.html Personal life[edit] Foxx is married to Samara Ryder,[13] also an attorney; they have a daughter Hillary (13) and a son Zachary (11).[28] See also[edit]

List of African-American United States
United States
Cabinet Secretaries

References[edit]

^ a b Morrill, Jim; Lyttle, Steve (2009-11-03). "Foxx elected Charlotte's mayor". Charlotte Observer. Retrieved 2009-11-03. [dead link] ^ 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
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
Anthony Foxx
cites family in announcement he won’t run for third term" ( Charlotte Business Journal
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
Anthony Foxx
to be Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation: Hearing before the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, United States
United States
Senate, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, First Session, May 22, 2013. ^ a b Cabinet post caps Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx's steep ascent CharlotteObserver.com ^ Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx
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. 2007-02-06. p. 1B.  access-date= requires url= (help) ^ 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.  access-date= requires url= (help) ^ a b "Hunton & Williams Bios Anthony R. Foxx". Hunton & Williams. Archived from the original on 2009-09-23. Retrieved 2009-11-04.  ^ Valle, Kirsten (2009-11-06). "Foxx's mayor role raises firm's profile". The Charlotte Observer. p. 10A. Retrieved 2009-11-09. [permanent dead link] ^ "Trustee in DesignLine bankruptcy seeks to recover $421,000 in pay from former Mayor Anthony Foxx". Retrieved 2015-08-14.  ^ " Anthony Foxx
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 Research Board ^ "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
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 Secretary Anthony Foxx
Anthony Foxx
delivered the keynote Monday at a track signing event at Grand Circus Park.  ^ " Detroit
Detroit
light rail receives more TIGER funding". Railway Gazette. 2014-09-16. Archived from the original on 2014-09-17. Retrieved 2014-09-16. Federal Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx
Anthony Foxx
announced a $12·2m TIGER grant for the M-1 light rail project in Detroit
Detroit
on September 15. This follows a $25m TIGER grant awarded in 2011.  ^ "USDOT's Foxx, Detroit
Detroit
officials sign ceremonial track for M-1 Rail streetcar". Progressive Railroading. 2014-09-16. Archived from the original on 2014-09-17. Retrieved 2014-09-16. Regarding the M-1 Rail initiative, Foxx noted the private industry's involvement in helping to fund the 3.3-mile streetcar, which will travel along Woodward Avenue between Congress and West Grand Boulevard in Detroit.  ^ AJ Williams (2014-09-16). "U.S. DOT Secretary Foxx Announces $12.2 Million for M-1 RAIL in Detroit". Detroit: Michigan Chronicle. Archived from the original on 2014-09-17. Retrieved 2014-09-16. United States Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx
Anthony Foxx
joined local, state and federal government officials, private donors and the Detroit community at a “Track Signing Ceremony” here today to announce a $12.2 million TIGER grant for the M-1 RAIL project. All of the streetcar project donors were recognized, including the two newest – Ford Motor Company and DTE Energy.  ^ Tom Walsh (2014-09-16). "Tom Walsh: M-1 Rail makes noise as new donors push line ahead". Detroit
Detroit
Free Press. Archived from the original on 2014-09-16. M-1 Rail officials released a new map of the route with station locations and the major sponsors affiliated with each stop.  ^ "Obama's 'designated survivor:' Anthony Foxx". USA Today. January 20, 2015.  ^ Jackson, David (20 January 2015). "O". NationalJournal. Retrieved 20 January 2015.  ^ Foxx was mayor when Charlotte won a federal grant for $25 million to build the 1.5-mile streetcar segment along Elizabeth Avenue. Construction costs totaled $37 million, with city taxpayers providing the $12 million not covered by the federal grant. ^ "Meet the Secretary". United States
United States
Department of Transportation. July 15, 2013. 

External links[edit]

Secretary Foxx at USDOT Official website Appearances on C-SPAN

Political offices

Preceded by Pat McCrory Mayor of Charlotte 2009–2013 Succeeded by Patsy Kinsey

Preceded by Ray LaHood United States
United States
Secretary of Transportation 2013–2017 Succeeded by Elaine Chao

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