U.S. House Assistant Democratic Leader James E. Clyburn released the following statement on today's confirmation of Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation:
"I applaud the Senate's unanimous vote to confirm Mayor Foxx as our new U.S. Transportation Secretary.
"Anthony Foxx is one of America's dynamic young leaders. The first African American student body president at Davidson College before earning his law degree from New York University School of Law, Mr. Foxx was elected Charlotte's youngest mayor in 2009 after serving two terms on the City Council as an at-large representative. He previously served as an attorney in private practice, a trial attorney for the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and as staff counsel to the U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary.
"Mr. Foxx distinguished himself as an outstanding mayor. During his tenure, Mayor Foxx worked effectively to strengthen and diversify the city's economy, create jobs, and improve the quality of life for the people of Charlotte by developing transportation infrastructure and helping small businesses expand and thrive. Mayor Foxx also improved collaboration between local, state, and federal officials to deliver essential services to the city as Charlotte hosted the highly successful 2012 Democratic National Convention where delegates re-nominated President Barack Obama for his second term.
"I have every confidence that Secretary Foxx will do a great job at the Department of Transportation to develop our nation's infrastructure to create jobs and lay the foundation for continued economic growth and progress for the years to come. The Carolinas take pride today in the elevation of this favorite son to this important position of leadership for our country."