President Barack Obama’s announcement Monday that he will nominate Charlotte, N.C., Mayor Anthony R. Foxx, to become the next U.S. Secretary of Transportation, drew praise from American Trucking Association’s
President and CEO Bill Graves.
Foxx, a Democrat, has been mayor of Charlotte since 2009, after serving two terms as a member of the city council. If confirmed by the Senate, Foxx, a 42-year-old attorney with government and private-sector experience, would replace outgoing Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, who announced in January that he would not serve a second term in Obama’s cabinet. LaHood has remained in the post until a successor takes office.
“On behalf of ATA, I’d like to congratulate Mayor Foxx on his nomination as transportation secretary and say we look forward to working with him once he’s confirmed by the Senate,” Graves said. “As mayor of a large city, Mayor Foxx dealt with very similar challenges with regard to transportation issues that I did when I was governor – chiefly responding to the demands of constituents and developing a multimodal transportation network.
Gates said, “As someone who can appreciate how hard it can be to actually do that, I wish Mayor Foxx luck and I look forward to working with him to ensure that Americans have the first-rate, world-class transportation system they deserve.”
Graves also thanked current Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood for his service. “As he prepares to depart, I’d like to thank Ray LaHood for the work he’s done as secretary,” he said. “We haven’t always seen eye-to-eye, but the work he’s done to highlight safety — particularly to bring attention to the issue of distracted driving, is laudable.”