The nomination will come one day before Foxx' 42nd birthday. The young lawyer who was named by POLITICO magazine in 2011 as "one of 50 politicos to watch" was the first Democrat elected to the mayor's office in 22 years. His most notable achievement came when he drew the Democratic National Convention to the Queen City in 2012.
News of Mr. Foxx’s nomination comes at a time when the president has been criticized openly for the lack of diversity in the Cabinet. The issue provoked a joke from the notoriously outspoken late night TV host Conan O'Brien at the annual dinner of the White House Correspondents’ Association last Saturday night who said “Mr. President, your hair is so white it could be a member of your cabinet”.
Foxx will have his work cut out for him, trying to get the department functional despite the forced budget cuts that led to last week's air controller furloughs and the resulting breakdown of airline traffic nationwide.
Author: Heidi Lind, International Group Coordinator, BridgehouseLaw Charlotte