Anthony Foxx

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Anthony Foxx
Anthony Foxx official portrait.jpg
17th United States Secretary of Transportation
In office
July 2, 2013 – January 20, 2017
President Barack Obama
Deputy John Porcari
Victor Mendez
Preceded by Ray LaHood
Succeeded by Elaine Chao
54th Mayor of Charlotte
In office
December 7, 2009 – July 1, 2013
Preceded by Pat McCrory
Succeeded by Patsy Kinsey
Personal details
Born Anthony Renard Foxx
(1971-04-30) April 30, 1971 (age 51)
Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Samara Ryder
Children 2
Alma mater Davidson College
New York University

Anthony Renard Foxx (born April 30, 1971) is an American politician who served as the United States Secretary of Transportation from 2013 until 2017. He served as the Mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina, from 2009 to 2013. He was first elected to the Charlotte City Council in 2005, and he was elected as Mayor on November 3, 2009, winning 51.5%[1] of the vote and defeating his City Council colleague, Republican John Lassiter. He won a second term on November 8, 2011, winning more than two-thirds of the vote against Republican Scott Stone.[2] He is a member of the Democratic Party.[3]

Originally elected at the age of 38, Foxx was the youngest mayor of Charlotte,[4][5] and was the first Democrat to hold the office since Harvey Gantt left office in 1987.[6] He was Charlotte's second African American mayor, as well as its first newly elected mayor since 1995, when Pat McCrory began the first of his record seven terms in office. On April 5, 2013, he announced that he would not seek reelection as Mayor in 2013.[7]

On April 29, 2013, President Barack Obama said he would nominate Foxx to be the Secretary of Transportation.[8][9] On June 27, 2013 the Senate confirmed the nomination of Foxx to the post of Secretary of Transportation on a vote of 100-0.[10] He was sworn into the position on July 2, 2013.[11]

Early life

Foxx was born on April 30, 1971 in Charlotte, North Carolina.[12] He was raised by his mother, Laura Foxx, and his grandparents, James and Mary Foxx,[13] and graduated from West Charlotte High School.[3][14] He graduated from Davidson College, where he was the first African American student body president,[15] in 1993. Foxx majored in history,[16] and went on to earn a J.D. from New York University School of Law in 1996.[14][16]

Legal career

After law school, Foxx returned to Charlotte to work for a short time at the Smith, Helms, Mullis, and Moore law firm, and left to become a clerk for Judge Nathaniel R. Jones of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati. Later he worked for the United States Department of Justice and the United States House of Representatives Judiciary Committee.[14] In 2004, he was the campaign manager for Representative Mel Watt.[15]

In 2001, he returned to Charlotte to work as a business litigator for Hunton & Williams.[14] While a member of the city council, he retained his position as a litigator at Hunton & Williams, switching to part-time status.[17] In 2009, he left Hunton & Williams to join DesignLine Corporation, a hybrid electric bus manufacturer, as its Deputy General Counsel. In August 2015, the Trustee for DesignLine filed suit for $420000, clawback against Foxx on the allegation that Foxx didn’t actually do the job he reportedly held at DesignLine.[18]

Political career

Municipal government

Foxx was first elected to the Charlotte City Council in 2005 to an at-large seat, and was re-elected in 2007. He won election as Charlotte's mayor in 2009. Early in his political career, Foxx gained a reputation as a quick study of local policy and led a number of City Council initiatives, including the development of policies to enhance job creation into the urban core of Charlotte, environmental efforts that led to a single stream recycling program and greenhouse gas reduction policies and acceleration of the region's transit plan.

Beginning his tenure as mayor while facing a nearly 13% area unemployment rate, Foxx has announced the creation of more than 4,000 new jobs, has worked to reinforce Charlotte's role as a critical energy industry hub, hosted a series of town hall meetings with unemployed workers, pushed for changes to the city's small business loan program to create new jobs, saw the completion of a new runway at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport and led a delegation of Charlotte business leaders to meet with senior White House officials to press for several economic recovery spending measures. Three weeks later, President Barack Obama traveled to Charlotte to visit the new Duke Energy headquarters and to highlight the first positive monthly job growth figures in 18 months.

Secretary of Transportation

President Obama said April 29, 2013, that he would nominate Foxx to be the Secretary of Transportation. On June 27, 2013, the Senate confirmed the nomination of Foxx to the Secretary of Transportation by a vote of 100-0.[10] Foxx resigned from his elected position as mayor to accept the federal appointment.[19] He announced his transportation priorities on 15 January 2014 at the 93rd Annual Transportation Research Board Chairman’s Luncheon in Washington, DC.[20]

On September 12, 2014, Foxx announced 72 projects that were going to receive Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery grants to help fund rapid transit projects.[21]

On September 16, 2014, Foxx gave the keynote address at a rail signing ceremony in Detroit's Grand Circus Park, which will be a terminus of the new Detroit Streetcar route.[22][23][24][25][26]

Foxx was the designated survivor for the 2015 State of the Union Address on January 20, 2015.[27][28]

July 14, 2015, Foxx assumed the keynote speaker during the inaugural ride of the Charlotte, NC streetcar. This was a $37 million transportation project he supported while holding office as the Mayor of Charlotte prior to his appointment of Secretary of Transportation.

Personal life

Foxx is married to Samara Ryder,[15] also an attorney; they have a daughter Hillary and a son Zachary.[29]


  1. State Board of Elections - Nov. 3 Mecklenburg election results
  2. Mecklenburg - Election Results
  3. 3.0 3.1 Morrill, Jim; Lyttle, Steve (2009-11-03). "Foxx elected Charlotte's mayor". Charlotte Observer. Retrieved 2009-11-03.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>[dead link]
  4. Spanberg, Erik (2009-11-06). "Pat McCrory: Seven terms and not (quite) done yet". Charlotte Business Journal. Retrieved 2009-11-11.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Charlotte Mayor-Elect Anthony Foxx Sits Down For Exclusive Interview With Channel 9". WSOC-TV. 2009-11-05. Retrieved 2009-11-09.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. Morrill, Jim (2008-10-28). "Anthony Foxx Announces He's Candidate for Mayor - The Democrat and Charlotte City Council Member is First to Declare in 2009 Race". Charlotte Observer. |access-date= requires |url= (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx cites family in announcement he won’t run for third term" (Charlotte Business Journal article)
  8. Baker, Peter (29 April 2013). "Charlotte Mayor Is Chosen as Transportation Chief". The York Times. New York City.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. Nomination of Mayor Anthony Foxx to be Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation: Hearing before the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, United States Senate, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, First Session, May 22, 2013.
  10. 10.0 10.1 Cabinet post caps Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx's steep ascent |
  11. Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx Sworn in as 17th U.S. Secretary of Transportation | Department of Transportation
  12. Blogger: Inloggen
  13. "Where Politics is a Family Affair". The Charlotte Observer. 2007-02-06. p. 1B. |access-date= requires |url= (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 Harrison, Steve (2009-10-18). "Anthony Foxx, Democrat - Describes Himself as Mediator, Ready to Speak Out on Issues". Charlotte Observer. p. 1A. |access-date= requires |url= (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 Rubin, Richard (2005-09-29). "Grandfather's Lessons Pay Off for City Council Contender - Grandson of Stalwart of Democratic Party Leads Primary At-Large Ticket". The Charlotte Observer. p. 1B. |access-date= requires |url= (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  16. 16.0 16.1 "Hunton & Williams | Bios | Anthony R. Foxx". Hunton & Williams. Retrieved 2009-11-04.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  17. Valle, Kirsten (2009-11-06). "Foxx's mayor role raises firm's profile". The Charlotte Observer. p. 10A. Retrieved 2009-11-09.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  18. "Trustee in DesignLine bankruptcy seeks to recover $421,000 in pay from former Mayor Anthony Foxx". Retrieved 2015-08-14.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  19. "Anthony Foxx resigns as mayor, Patsy Kinsey named new mayor".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  20. Secretary Anthony Foxx: Remarks at the 93rd Annual Transportation Research Board Chairman’s Luncheon, Transportation Research Board
  21. "USDOT awards $600 million in TIGER VI grants for 72 transportation projects". Progressive Railroading. 2014-09-15. Archived from the original on 2014-09-17. Retrieved 2014-09-16. The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) on Friday announced all the recipients of Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) VI grants, several days after numerous members of Congress and state officials began to tout individual grant awards. Unknown parameter |deadurl= ignored (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  22. "Officials participate in track signing ceremony celebrating Detroit streetcar project". The Republic. 2014-09-15. Archived from the original on 2014-09-17. Retrieved 2014-09-16. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx delivered the keynote Monday at a track signing event at Grand Circus Park. Unknown parameter |deadurl= ignored (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  23. "Detroit light rail receives more TIGER funding". Railway Gazette. 2014-09-16. Archived from the original on 2014-09-17. Retrieved 2014-09-16. Federal Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced a $12·2m TIGER grant for the M-1 light rail project in Detroit on September 15. This follows a $25m TIGER grant awarded in 2011. Unknown parameter |deadurl= ignored (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  24. "USDOT's Foxx, Detroit officials sign ceremonial track for M-1 Rail streetcar". Progressive Railroading. 2014-09-16. Archived from the original on 2014-09-17. Retrieved 2014-09-16. Regarding the M-1 Rail initiative, Foxx noted the private industry's involvement in helping to fund the 3.3-mile streetcar, which will travel along Woodward Avenue between Congress and West Grand Boulevard in Detroit. Unknown parameter |deadurl= ignored (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  25. AJ Williams (2014-09-16). "U.S. DOT Secretary Foxx Announces $12.2 Million for M-1 RAIL in Detroit". Detroit: Michigan Chronicle. Archived from the original on 2014-09-17. Retrieved 2014-09-16. United States Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx joined local, state and federal government officials, private donors and the Detroit community at a “Track Signing Ceremony” here today to announce a $12.2 million TIGER grant for the M-1 RAIL project. All of the streetcar project donors were recognized, including the two newest – Ford Motor Company and DTE Energy. Unknown parameter |deadurl= ignored (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  26. Tom Walsh (2014-09-16). "Tom Walsh: M-1 Rail makes noise as new donors push line ahead". Detroit Free Press. Archived from the original on 2014-09-16. M-1 Rail officials released a new map of the route with station locations and the major sponsors affiliated with each stop. Unknown parameter |deadurl= ignored (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  27. "Obama's 'designated survivor:' Anthony Foxx". USA Today. January 20, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  28. {{cite web|last=Jackson|first=David|title=O|url= January 2015|accessdate=20 January 2015}}
  29. "Meet the Secretary". United States Department of Transportation. July 15, 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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Political offices
Preceded by
Pat McCrory
Mayor of Charlotte
Succeeded by
Patsy Kinsey
Preceded by
Ray LaHood
United States Secretary of Transportation
Succeeded by
Elaine Chao