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Anthony Foxx sworn in as transportation secretary

Anthony Foxx was sworn in as the nation’s 17th U.S. secretary of transportation in a private ceremony at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Washington, D.C.

Foxx resigned as Charlotte mayor Monday afternoon, and the City Council appointed fellow Democrat Patsy Kinsey to replace him.

The ceremony, held at the U.S. Department of Transportation, was attended by Foxx’s wife, Samara, and their two children, Hillary and Zachary, according to a news release from the Department of Transportation.

Foxx used a Bible belonging to his great-grandparents, Peter and Ida Kelly. The oath was administered by Judge Nathaniel Jones, whom Foxx worked for as a law clerk for the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, according to DOT.

Foxx spent his first day on the job meeting employees.

In a written message to employees, Foxx said: “Safety will remain our top priority at DOT. At the same time, I will work to improve the efficiency and performance of our current transportation system while building the infrastructure we need for future generations.”

Foxx also took over former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood’s Twitter account under the name “@SecretaryFoxx.”

DOT has more than 55,000 employees and a $70 billion budget. It oversees surface, air and maritime transportation.

Foxx was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in a 100-0 vote last week. Steve Harrison

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