A week after sailing through a Senate confirmation vote, the former mayor of Charlotte has been sworn in as the country's 17th transportation secretary.
According to the DOT, Anthony Foxx "is spending his first full day meeting employees and holding meetings on important issues facing the Department, including transportation safety and hurricane and severe weather preparedness."
In a message to DOT employees, he wrote: "I look forward to bringing my ‘on the ground’ experiences as a mayor, while embracing the tremendous knowledge, skill and ingenuity of the DOT workforce and our many stakeholders.”
As transportation secretary, Foxx will oversee 55,000 employees and a budget of $70 billion.
Earlier Tuesday, outdoing DOT head Ray LaHood turned over the metaphorical keys to the secretarial Twitter account. "Thanks for 4 great years!" LaHood wrote. "FYI, this account is changing to @SecretaryFoxx – hope you keep following!"
Soon after, LaHood changed his status on Facebook to "private citizen."