Anthony Foxx became the 17th U.S. Secretary of Transportation on July 2, 2013 and in that capacity he serves as an ex officio member of the Amtrak Board of Directors.
Secretary Foxx was the mayor of Charlotte, NC, from 2009 to 2013. During that time, he made efficient and innovative transportation investments the centerpiece of Charlotte's job creation and economic recovery efforts.
Prior to becoming mayor he served two terms on the Charlotte City Council as an at-large representative. As a council member, Foxx chaired the Transportation Committee, where he helped shepherd the largest transportation bond package in the city’s history, enabling Charlotte to take advantage of record low interest rates and favorable construction pricing to stretch city dollars beyond initial projections. Foxx also chaired the Mecklenburg-Union Metropolitan Planning Organization.
Foxx is an attorney and has spent much of his career in private practice. He also worked as a law clerk for the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, a trial attorney for the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, and staff counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary.
Foxx received a law degree from New York University’s School of Law as a Root-Tilden Scholar, the University’s prestigious public service scholarship. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in history from Davidson College.