Obama to name Charlotte mayor Anthony Foxx to replace Transportation Secretary Ray Lahood

Secretary of Transportation nominee Anthony FoxxBowing to pressure from members of the Congressional Black Caucus over President Obama’s “lack of diversity” in his first round of cabinet picks following his re-election, Obama is set to announce the nomination of Charlotte N.C. Mayor Anthony Foxx as his pick to replace outgoing Transportation Secretary Ray Lahood.

If confirmed by the Senate, Foxx would take over a department that has been at the center of Washington’s debate over Hours of Service changes, EOBR mandates, changing DOT Medical requirements and other issues that are going to drive safe and experienced drivers from an industry that forsees the need for 200,000 new drivers in the next 10 years.

Foxx’s claim to fame is his experience in boosting transit infrastructure and using those projects to create jobs. He oversaw a program to create an electric tram service to Charlotte, an expansion of a light rail system and the opening of a third runway at the city’s airport. None of that has anything to do with the trucking industry which is where our interest lies. However, light rail, is one of Obama’s pet projects.

You can read more about the Foxx nomination and his lack of transportation experience in theCharlotte Observer