Obama To Fill Transportation Chief Slot

President Obama is expected to nominate Mayor Anthony Foxx of Charlotte, North Carolina, to be the next transportation secretary. Current head Ray LaHood said he would step down in January after four years in the position.

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And today, President Obama plans to nominate a new secretary of Transportation. Anthony Foxx is the mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

He's 41 years old and, if confirmed by the Senate, Foxx would replace Ray LaHood, the Illinois Republican who's done the job up to now.

MONTAGNE: Anthony Foxx does not have a transportation background. He did oversee numerous improvements in infrastructure during his nearly four years as mayor. He's also African-American and his nomination comes at a time when the president's second-term Cabinet is being criticized as less diverse than his first.

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