North Carolina mayor tapped for Transportation
April 29, 2013 10:20 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is nominating Charlotte, N.C., Mayor Anthony Foxx, a rising star in Democratic politics, to run the Transportation Department, a White House official said.

Obama will announce the nomination from the White House this afternoon, according to the official, who requested anonymity because the official was not authorized to discuss the nomination ahead of the president.

If confirmed by the Senate, Foxx would take over a department that has been at the center of Washington’s debate over the impact of the so-called sequester cuts.

The White House official said that as mayor, Foxx has experience in boosting transit infrastructure and using those projects to create jobs.

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