WASHINGTON D.C. -- Former Charlotte mayor Anthony Foxx has been sworn in as the seventeenth transportation secretary.
Secretary Foxx took the oath of office Tuesday morning in a private ceremony with his wife and children by his side. Federal Judge Nathaniel Jones administered the oath. Foxx clerked for Jones on the Sixth Court of Appeals in Cincinnati.
He spent his first day getting acquainted with other employees and in meetings.
In his first blog as the Department of Transportation head, Foxx wrote:
“As Mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina, I learned transportation from the ground up. But I learned the value of effective transportation even earlier…. As the Mayor of Charlotte, I saw how transportation promotes economic growth. Together, we extended our LYNX light rail system and started a new streetcar line; we expanded the Charlotte-Douglas International Airport and broke ground on the Charlotte Regional Intermodal Facility; we completed our I-485 beltway, repaired the Yadkin Bridge, and took on many other important infrastructure projects.”
He says his top priorities will be safety, efficiency and performance, and improving the future of the transportation system.
Foxx bid farewell to the Queen City Monday, when he formally resigned. He says he’s proud of his legacy of bringing jobs and growth to the city. The Senate confirmed Foxx in his new role in a vote of 100-0.
Now Mayor Patsy Kinsey was sworn in minutes after Foxx’s resignation. She’ll serve as interim mayor until the November election. The primary race is set for Sept. 10. The general election is November 5.
Both Foxx and Kinsey made their new roles Twitter official Tuesday. The @MayorFoxx handle is now disabled. Foxx's new handle is @SecretaryFoxx. Kinsey's is @CLTMayor.
First day on the job. pic.twitter.com/8qKZQrMJIC— Mayor of Charlotte (@CLTMayor) July 2, 2013
"Looking forward to serving Charlotte's citizens and continuing to build our community into a world-class city."-PK— Mayor of Charlotte (@CLTMayor) July 2, 2013