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And the 'Designated Survivor' Is....

Image: Transportation Sec'y Foxx And FAA Administrator Hold News Conference
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 07: Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx (C) speaks while flanked by FAA Administrator Michael Huerta (L) and Nicholas E. Calio (R), President and CEO of Airlines for America, during a news conference at the Transportation Department January 7, 2015 in Washington, DC. Today the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a final rule that requires most U.S. commercial airlines to have the Safety Management Systems (SMS) in place by 2018. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)Mark Wilson / Getty Images

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The “designated survivor” for tonight’s State of the Union is Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.

For security reasons, one member of the president’s cabinet is chosen each year to skip the speech at the U.S. Capitol in case of a national security crisis.

Foxx, previously the mayor of Charlotte, NC, has served as Transportation Secretary since July 2013.

Last year, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz was the ‘designated survivor.’

Since 2003, two members of each house of Congress have also been absent from the State of the Union speech in case of a security event.

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