CHARLOTTE -- The U.S. Senate unanimously confirmed Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx as the next U.S. secretary of transportation on Thursday. This will be Foxx's last weekend as mayor before resigning to take his new office in Washington. President Barack Obama nominated him for the job in April.
Mayor Foxx wasn't available for an interview Thursday, but did release a statement about the vote:
“I’m honored by [Thursday's] Senate vote,” Foxx said. “Safer, more efficient transportation can make a difference in every American’s life. I’ve seen it firsthand in Charlotte, and I’m looking forward to continuing the President’s commitment to improve transportation in communities across the country once I’m sworn in as the next transportation secretary.”
U.S. Senator Kay Hagan spoke before the vote, commending Foxx for his accomplishments in office. She said his experience on the federal, state and local level will help him succeed in Washington.
"Well I'm sad to see him leave Charlotte,” said Hagan, a Democrat from North Carolina. “But I am pleased the entire country will soon benefit from his leadership."
Hagan credited the mayor for playing a major role in the 485 expansion, lightrail extension and new runway at the Charlotte airport.
"These smart investments in infrastructure and transit-oriented development are continuing to fuel Charlotte's economic growth," said Hagan.
Once Foxx hands in his formal resignation, city council will need to select a new mayor.
"The only legal requirement is that the person they pick has to be a resident and registered voter of the city, and same political party, in this case a Democrat," said City Attorney Bob Hagemann.
Mayor Pro Tem Patrick Cannon will exercise the "duties, powers, and obligations" of the position until the council selects someone to replace Foxx.
Foxx said late Thursday he will call a special council meeting on Monday, where he will formally resign as mayor. It'll then be up to the council on how it will proceed on selecting an interim mayor.