Washington, DC - National League of Cities (NLC) President Marie Lopez Rogers, mayor, Avondale, AZ responds to today's announcement by the President Obama naming Mayor Anthony Foxx, Charlotte, to be Secretary of Transportation:
"I applaud President Obama's nomination of Mayor Anthony Foxx to be the next Secretary of Transportation. The Mayor has done an excellent job implementing transportation projects and programs in his city to the benefit of all Charlotte residents and businesses. I'm confident that he will bring this same leadership and know-how to the nation's capital and will be an excellent addition to the President's cabinet.
"I am especially pleased the President has chosen Mayor Foxx. He brings a local government perspective to the position and truly understands the role that local government plays in implementing federal policy. He will only strengthen the work of the Department of Transportation.
"Given the significance of the Department of Transportation to our nation's economic recovery, we join with the President in calling on the Senate to confirm Mayor Foxx immediately.
"We appreciate the hard work of Secretary LaHood in leading the department. His leadership and his work with local governments is an example to other agencies in how to interact with local governments. He will be sorely missed and we wish him well."
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