(CNN) — President Barack Obama tapped Anthony Foxx, the mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina, on Monday to become his next transportation secretary.
“I know Anthony’s experience will make him an outstanding transportation secretary,” Obama said at an announcement ceremony in the White House East Room.
“He’s going to be extraordinary effective,” Obama continued.
If confirmed by the Senate, Foxx would replace Ray LaHood, who said in January he wouldn’t serve a second term. LaHood has said he will remain in his post until a successor is confirmed. The transportation secretary is responsible for overseeing the nation’s roads, airports and railways.
Foxx, first elected mayor in 2009, helped lead last summer’s Democratic National Convention in the Queen City. He also championed the completion of an additional runway at the Charlotte/Douglas International Airport, though Foxx doesn’t have any specific experience as a transportation executive. Earlier this month, Foxx announced he wouldn’t seek re-election at Charlotte’s mayor.