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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
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
African American
mayor.

President Barack Obama
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.

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

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 graduated from Davidson College
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 1996.

LEGAL CAREER

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 Appeals in Cincinnati
Cincinnati
. Later he worked for the United States Department of Justice and the United States
United States
House of Representatives Judiciary Committee . In 2004, he was the campaign manager for Representative 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 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

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 Washington, DC.

On September 12, 2014, Foxx announced 72 projects that were going to receive 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 Detroit
Detroit
's Grand Circus Park , which will be a terminus of the new Detroit
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.

PERSONAL LIFE

Foxx is married to Samara Ryder, also an attorney; they have a daughter Hillary and a son Zachary.

SEE ALSO

* List of African-American United States
United States
Cabinet Secretaries

REFERENCES

* ^ A B Morrill, Jim; Lyttle, Steve (2009-11-03). "Foxx elected Charlotte\'s mayor". 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
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 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. * ^ "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 (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
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 Monda