President Obama has nominated Charlotte mayor Anthony Foxx to be the nation's next secretary of transportation. He would replace outgoing secretary Ray LaHood if confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Foxx -- who turns 42 years old today -- is considered a "rising star" among Democrats.
He led his city's effort to host the 2012 Democratic National Convention that re-nominated President Obama for office. Foxx said he would work to overcome partisan politics as secretary.
"There is no such thing as a Democratic or Republican road, bridge, port, air field or rail system," Foxx says. "We must work together across party lines to enhance this nation's infrastructure."
Foxx says Charlotte has been one of the nation's fastest growing cities because of its commitment to improving roads and light rail. He becomes the first African American among President Obama's new cabinet appointees.