2014-05-18T050821Z_1_CBREA4H0EBY00_RTROPTP_2_USA-OBAMA

Obama's transportation chief Foxx takes on increasingly visible role

U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx addresses reporters during daily press briefing at White House in WashingtonBy Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) – When Anthony Foxx took over from the hard-charging Ray LaHood last July as U.S. transportation secretary, he had big shoes to fill and needed to adjust from his job as a city mayor to presiding over a sprawling agency with 55,000 employees. Less than a year later, Foxx, 43, has emerged as an up-and-coming talent in President Barack Obama’s Cabinet, a central player in Obama’s effort to persuade Congress to approve new transportation funding and who just last week fined General Motors $35 million for safety violations linked to 13 deaths. “Crashes happened and people died,” Foxx told a news conference in announcing the penalties. It has been a speedy rise for Foxx, a former mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina, who got Democrats’ attention in 2012 when his city played host to the Democratic National Convention where Obama was nominated for a second term.

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