President Obama on Monday nominated Anthony Foxx, the mayor of Charlotte, N.C., to replace Ray LaHood as transportation secretary.
Here's what you need to know about Foxx:
It's a smart move politically for the White House. Not only does this give the president another minority in his Cabinet, but this move also boosts a rising star in the Democratic Party. Well-regarded in his state, Democratic strategists have said that Foxx, 41, could run for governor or the Senate in the coming years. He recently passed up an earlier opportunity to run for higher office when then-Gov. Bev Perdue, a Democrat, decided not to seek reelection.
Foxx had already announced three weeks ago that he would not seek another mayoral bid, saying he wanted to spend more time with his two children. "I do not want to be a father who looks back and wishes I had spent more time with them," he said in a statement.
This position could give Foxx further credentials for a possible run at higher office in an increasingly purple state. In 2008, the Tar Heel State voted for then-Sen. Obama, though it went red in 2012.
Since announcing a slew of white men for high-level Cabinet positions in the start of his second term — including Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel — the president has nominated several women and minorities after receiving criticism. The move, however, does leave the Cabinet without a high-profile Republican, like LaHood.