Anthony Foxx became the 17th United States Secretary of Transportation on July 2, 2013.
In nominating him, President Obama said, "I know Anthony’s experience will make him an
outstanding Transportation Secretary. He’s got the respect of his peers, mayors, and governors
all across the country. And as a consequence, I think that he’s going to be extraordinarily
As U.S. Secretary of Transportation, Foxx leads an agency with more than 55,000 employees
and a $70 billion budget that oversees air, maritime, and surface transportation. His primary goal
is to ensure that the American maintains the safest, most efficient transportation system in the
Foxx joined the U.S. Department of Transportation after serving as the mayor of Charlotte,
North Carolina, from 2009 to 2013. During that time, he made efficient and innovative
transportation investments the centerpiece of Charlotte's job creation and economic recovery
efforts. These investments included extending the LYNX light rail system, the largest capital
project ever undertaken by the city, which will build new roads, bridges, transit as well as
bicycle and pedestrian facilities; expanding Charlotte-Douglas International Airport, the sixth
busiest in the world; working with North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue to accelerate the I-
485 outer belt loop using a creative design-build-finance approach, the first major project of its
kind in North Carolina; and starting the Charlotte Streetcar project.
Prior to being elected mayor, Foxx served two terms on the Charlotte City Council as an AtLarge
Representative. As a Council Member, Foxx chaired the Transportation Committee,
where he helped shepherd the largest transportation bond package in the city’s history, enabling
Charlotte to take advantage of record low interest rates and favorable construction pricing to
stretch city dollars beyond initial projections. Foxx also chaired the Mecklenburg-Union
Metropolitan Planning Organization.
Foxx is an attorney and has spent much of his career in private practice. He also worked as a law
clerk for the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, a trial attorney for the Civil Rights Division of
the U.S. Department of Justice, and staff counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives
Committee on the Judiciary.
Foxx received a law degree from New York University’s School of Law as a Root-Tilden
Scholar, the University’s prestigious public service scholarship. He earned a bachelor’s degree
in History from Davidson College.
Foxx and his wife, Samara, have two children, Hillary and Zachary.