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Obama to name nominee for transportation secretary

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama today will nominate Mayor Anthony Foxx of Charlotte, N.C., as his new transportation secretary, the Associated Press reported Sunday, citing an unnamed White House official.

If confirmed by the Senate, Foxx, 41, would replace outgoing Secretary Ray LaHood.

Foxx is Obama's first black nominee among the new Cabinet members appointed for the second term. Attorney General Eric Holder is now the only African-American to lead a Cabinet department.

The official, who insisted on anonymity to avoid public discussion of the pick before the official announcement, noted that Foxx has led efforts to improve his city's transit infrastructure to expand economic opportunity for businesses and workers.

During Foxx's term as mayor, Charlotte has broken ground on several important transportation projects, including the Charlotte Streetcar Project to bring modern electric tram service to the city as well as a third parallel runway at Charlotte/Douglas International Airport.

Foxx, an attorney who has worked in several positions with the federal government, was first elected mayor in 2009.

He also served as a member of the Charlotte City Council.