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Charlotte Mayor Foxx to be nominated head of DOT

President Barack Obama will nominate Charlotte, N.C., Mayor Anthony Foxx to be the new head of the Transportation Department on Monday, a White House official confirmed to NBC News. 

Foxx gained notoriety last year when Charlotte hosted the Democratic National Convention.  Earlier this month, Foxx made a surprise announcement that he would not be seeking another term as mayor in order to spend more time with his family.

A White House official praised Foxx's efforts to improve Charlotte's transit infrastructure as well as a streetcar project, which will bring a modern electric tram service to the city.

"These initiatives and investments are important pieces of a comprehensive plan to meet Charlotte's transportation needs and maintain its position as a leader in high-tech industry and 21st century job creation," a White House official said.

Current Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood planned to leave the post early into Obama's second term, but budget battles in Washington kept him on the job longer than anticipated. LaHood is expected to stay on until Foxx is confirmed by the Senate.

Foxx was elected mayor of Charlotte in 2009 and re-elected in 2011. He served on the Charlotte City Council from 2005 to 2009.

"Foxx's career as a public official, in a rapidly changing urban environment, has been marked by an ability to integrate local, state and federal resources to meet important transportation challenges - expertise he will bring to his critical interactions with leaders at the state and local level as Secretary of Transportation," the White House official said.