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Obama to nominate N.C. mayor as transportation secretary

Charlotte, N.C., Mayor Anthony Foxx addressed the Democratic National Convention in September.
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Charlotte, N.C., Mayor Anthony Foxx addressed the Democratic National Convention in September.

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Monday will nominate Charlotte, N.C., Mayor Anthony Foxx as his new transportation secretary.

That’s according to a White House official.

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

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Foxx is Obama’s first black nominee among the new Cabinet members appointed for the second term. The president faced criticism early in his second term for a lack of diversity among his nominees.

The official insisted on anonymity to avoid public discussion of the pick before the official announcement.