President Barack Obama has nominated Charlotte, N.C., Mayor Anthony Foxx to succeed Ray LaHood as the next secretary of transportation.
LaHood announced in January that he would not serve a second term, and remain in his post until a successor is confirmed. Foxx was first elected mayor of Charlotte in 2009, and is known for leading the completion of an additional runway at Charlotte/Douglas International Airport, though he does not have any specific experience as a transportation executive.
Airlines for America (A4A) is urging a quick Senate confirmation for the newly nominated Foxx.
“As an elected leader of a hub market, Mayor Foxx understands well how important airlines are to jobs and the economy,” said A4A President and CEO Nicholas E. Calio. “A4A urges quick Senate confirmation, and looks forward to working with him to address policy and infrastructure challenges that impede airlines from competing globally and achieving sustained profitability.”
Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation Ranking Member (R-S.D.) said he and Committee Chairman John Rockefeller IV (D-W. Va.) "look forward to reviewing Mayor Foxx's record."
Thune did not state when the Senate plans on taking a vote on his nomination.