It’s official. Anthony Foxx is now the U.S. secretary of transportation following a private swearing-in ceremony Tuesday, July 2, at agency headquarters in Washington, D.C. The former mayor of Charlotte, N.C., says safety will be his top priority as he oversees the agency’s 55,000 employees and $70 billion budget.
Foxx takes over for Ray LaHood, who stepped down to pursue other interests. LaHood served more than four years, about average for the past few secretaries. His legacy will certainly be his public campaign against distracted driving.
Foxx does not bring a lot of transportation experience to the table, but he did sign off on numerous infrastructure projects as mayor of Charlotte.
“Safety will remain our top priority at DOT,” Foxx said in a statement following the ceremony. “At the same time, I will work to improve the efficiency and performance of our current transportation system while building the infrastructure we need for future generations. In doing so, I look forward to bringing my ‘on the ground’ experiences as a mayor, while embracing the tremendous knowledge, skill and ingenuity of the DOT workforce and our many stakeholders.”
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