Foxx is an attorney and has spent much of his career in private practice. He also served as a law clerk for the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals which includes Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee; 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 his law degree from New York University’s School of Law as a Root-Tilden Scholar, the university’s prestigious public service scholarship. He earned his bachelor’s degree in history from Davidson College. He has been recognized as one of The Charlotte Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” and received the National Carolina Bar Association’s Citizen Lawyer Award.
Road Blocks and Construction Ahead
Since taking office at DOT, Foxx has accepted Obama’s challenge of cutting waste and red tape. One of his first proposed rules would reduce trucking paperwork, saving the industry $1.7 billion a year. Currently, truckers are required to file inspection reports on every trip a commercial truck makes. Under Foxx’s proposed rule, truckers would only be required to file inspection reports if a defect is found, which affects roughly 5 percent of inspections. In addition, Foxx continues to defend the current hours of service rule that regulates the number of hours truckers may drive before taking a required break.
Foxx echoed President Obama’s sentiment regarding the government shutdown, expressing disappointment and gratitude to the furloughed department employees. He called for a quick resolution “so that we can all get back to work ensuring the safety and efficiency of our nation’s transportation systems.”
During the government shutdown in October, Foxx didn’t utilize the department’s social media accounts or the DOT blog. On Oct. 18, Foxx returned to Twitter to welcome the 18,000 furloughed DOT employees and said, “It’s great to be at full-strength again!”
He faces another potential government shutdown in January and will likely be faced with proposed budget cuts from the Tea Party caucus.
Foxx, a family man who often brings his wife and kids to D.C. events, seems comfortable in the role and will likely advance an aggressive agenda for technological advancements in the safety, security, and speed of our nation’s transportation systems. If his past accomplishments are any indication of his future accomplishments as secretary of DOT, Anthony Foxx will be boarding a high-speed train to future political office. MT