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Maritime labor congratulates Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx (D), who is President Obama’s choice to replace Ray LaHood as secretary of the Department of Transportation.

The MTD and its affiliated unions look forward to working with Foxx to enhance the nation’s infrastructure, which, in many areas, has suffered from a serious lack of funding. Foxx, a rising star in the Democratic Party, is best known for promoting light rail and other mass transit projects in Charlotte.

LaHood, the only remaining Republican in the Cabinet, is stepping down after serving four years as the secretary following 14 years as a congressman from Illinois.

“The MTD would like to thank Secretary LaHood for his many years as service in Congress and in the executive branch,” said MTD President Michael Sacco. “We also look forward to working with Mayor Foxx in meeting the serious challenges facing the maritime industry and other modes of transportation in the years ahead. We believe that Mayor Foxx has a chance to really make a difference.”