President Obama has nominated Mr Anthony Foxx, the current
mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina, as the next US secretary of transportation,
subject to approval by the US Senate.
Foxx replaces Mr Ray LaHood, who has held the post since Obama assumed office in 2009, and is widely credited for improving Charlotte's public transport networks.
Obama described Foxx as "one of the most effective mayors that Charlotte's ever seen," and credited investment in public transport as one of the reasons for the city's growing economy. The president also reserved special praise for LaHood, a Republican from Illinois, for his tireless effort to rebuild America's infrastructure and his success at bridging the partisan political divide.
LaHood is retiring from politics after a 40-year career, which included a 15-year stint in the US House of Representatives from 19942009. He described the transportation office as "the best job I have ever had."
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