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Charlotte's Anthony Foxx sworn in as 17th U.S. Secretary of Transportation

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Tuesday's official photograph of today’s swearing in of Anthony Foxx as the nation's 17th Secretary of Transportation. Tuesday's official photograph of today’s swearing in of Anthony Foxx as the nation's 17th Secretary of Transportation.

In a private ceremony at the U.S. Department of Transportation headquarters Tuesday, Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx was sworn in as the nation's 17th Secretary of Transportation.

The ceremondy, conducted by Judge Nathaniel Jones was attended by Foxx's wife, Samara, and their two children, Hillary and Zachary, utilized a Bible belonging to Secretary Foxx's great-grandparents, Peter and Ida Kelly.

Secretary Foxx worked for Judge Jones as a law clerk for the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals after law school. He invited Judge Jones to administer the oath of office.

A news release said Secretary Foxx spent his first full day meeting employees and holding meetings on important issues facing the Department, including transportation safety and hurricane and severe weather preparedness.

Foxx was confirmed by the full U.S. Senate in a unanimous vote of 100-0 on June 27.

Secretary Foxx underscored his commitment to safety in a statement to employees:

"Safety will remain our top priority at DOT. At the same time, I will work to improve the efficiency and performance of our current transportation system while building the infrastructure we need for future generations," said Secretary Foxx. "In doing so, I look forward to bringing my ‘on the ground' experiences as a mayor, while embracing the tremendous knowledge, skill and ingenuity of the DOT workforce and our many stakeholders."

As Secretary of Transportation, Foxx is the head of an agency with more than 55,000 employees and a $70 billion budget.

Foxx was the mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina, from 2009 to 2013.

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The country's next Transportation Secretary is saying goodbye to his job as the mayor of Charlotte.

Anthony Foxx resigned his position Monday as he prepares to join President Obama's cabinet. The U.S. Senate unanimously confirmed Foxx as the Transportation Secretary, which led Foxx to call the special Meeting.

Foxx has been mayor since 2009, leading the city while it hosted the 2012 Democratic National Convention.

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