Department of Transportation

Charlotte Mayor Confirmed for Transportation Secretary

Senate votes unanimously

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Anthony Foxx, the mayor of Charlotte, N.C., and a political ally of President Barack Obama, was unanimously confirmed by the Senate Thursday to be transportation secretary.

The Senate voted 100-0 in favor of Foxx.

As secretary, the 42-year-old Foxx will oversee the agencies within the department that regulate the nation's aviation, rail, transit and highway systems, as well as auto safety. He replaces outgoing secretary Ray LaHood, who campaigned against distracted driving and led the Obama administration's efforts to boost the economy by improving the nation's transportation.

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