Charlotte Mayor Foxx Gets Seat on Obama’s Cabinet

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -

President Barack Obama’s nomination of Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx to become the next U.S. transportation secretary brings more attention to North Carolina’s largest city and could benefit the rising Democratic star should he return home for higher office later.

The president announced Monday that Foxx is his nominee to succeed Ray LaHood in his Cabinet. Foxx, who must be confirmed by the U.S. Senate, recently announced he wouldn’t seek a third term to the mayor’s post.

Foxx, who turns 42 on Tuesday, was a key surrogate in North Carolina for the president during his re-election bid last fall and has called Obama a friend.