President Obama on Monday tapped Charlotte, N.C. Mayor Anthony Foxx to replace Ray LaHood as Secretary of Transportation.

Foxx, whose nomination comes one day before his 42nd birthday, has served as Charlotte’s mayor since 2009. Although his political career has been short so far, Foxx made transportation a key issue for the city by backing a streetcar line funded with a $25 million federal grant. He also led a controversial initiative to expand the local airport and to extend the city’s light rail line. Obama cited that work as a key driver in his decision to nominate Foxx.

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