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President Taps Transportation Leader to Succeed Secretary LaHood

WASHINGTON (April 29, 2013) – President Obama today plans to nominate Anthony Foxx, the mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina, as his choice to succeed Ray LaHood as secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Following is a statement from Natural Resources Defense Council Executive Director Peter Lehner:

“President Obama has tapped an exceptional leader to take the wheel at America’s premier transportation agency. Anthony Foxx, who helped solve tough transportation challenges as mayor of Charlotte, will put that experience to work for our country, creating jobs and improving rail, bus, and other public transportation. That will benefit us all by reducing the nation’s pollution, dependence on oil and traffic congestion in our communities and on our highways.

“Anthony Foxx is the right person to carry on the important work initiated by Secretary LaHood to modernize our country’s public transportation systems and the infrastructure needed to carry us forward in the 21st Century.”

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