This afternoon, it was my great pleasure to stand with President Obama as he nominated Charlotte, NC, Mayor Anthony Foxx to be the next U.S. Secretary of Transportation.
When the President said today that I had enjoyed this job, he was absolutely right. This has indeed been the best job I've ever had, and I don’t leave it lightly. Mayor Foxx will soon learn what I have had the good fortune to learn, that DOT boasts some of the smartest, brightest people in transportation and in public service.
He will also learn that the President is a terrific man to work for, a man with a vision and a man who gives his nominees the license to achieve. There really is no way to thank my very good friend, President Obama, for having given me this tremendous opportunity.
If you've been following this blog over the past four years, the President's nomination of Mayor Foxx should come as absolutely no surprise. Whether I was blogging about highways, aviation, rail, or transit, I've had no shortage of reasons to say something good about what's happening transportation-wise in Charlotte.
Much of that is due to Mayor Foxx's understanding that transportation is a backbone of how we live and a key driver of our economy. As mayor of one of the nation's fastest growing cities, Anthony Foxx has been on the front lines delivering transportation services to the public, boosting economic growth, and creating jobs.
In the past four years, this DOT has notched a terrific record of achievement, and while we await Mayor Foxx's confirmation by the Senate, I will have plenty to say about the great team of professionals in the Department and the key accomplishments during the Administration's first four years that we can point to proudly.
But for right now, let me just be clear in saying that with Mayor Foxx at the helm, the American people can expect DOT's progress to continue unabated during the President's second term.Mayor Anthony Foxx is the right man for the job.