Transportation Secretary LaHood out; Charlotte’s Foxx to replace him?

Things have been buzzing in transportation circles the past few days…U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood announced he would be stepping down from his post, and the Obama Administration will nominate Charlotte, North Carolina’s mayor Anthony Foxx to replace him:

Anthony Foxx, the fast-rising young mayor of Charlotte, N.C., will fill one of the last remaining slots in President Barack Obama’s second-term Cabinet when the president taps him to replace Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, an administration official confirmed to POLITICO on Sunday.

Obama will announce Foxx’s nomination on Monday, a day before the mayor’s 42nd birthday, the official said. The news followed months of rumors that the mayor would win out over potential rivals including Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) and Debbie Hersman, chairwoman of the National Transportation Safety Board.

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Despite some early criticism and skepticism, Ray LaHood did pretty well as Transportation Secretary — all in all, he was quite friendly to the pro-bike movement here and recently headlined a Bicycle Summit in Tampa, Florida, with another summit scheduled for Minneapolis tomorrow, the day of the announcement of Foxx’s nomination to the Cabinet post.

Charlotte has made a good bit of progress as a bike-friendly city, making the League of American Bicyclists’ “bronze” rating in 2012 under Foxx’s stewardship. Let’s hope he continues his work on a national level!

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