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Congress measures Charlotte's Foxx for Cabinet job

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CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) -- Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx has an interview for promotion to a national job.

Foxx is President Barack Obama's choice to become US transportation secretary. He will be questioned Wednesday afternoon by a Senate committee in his first public step toward expected confirmation. He's likely to be asked his thoughts about highway and bridge funding, implementing new air-traffic control systems, and urban mass transit.

Most of the people who've held the job before Foxx were Washington insiders already known by senators. Foxx is relatively unknown in the nation's capital beyond being the public face of the city that last fall hosted the Democratic National Convention.

The 42-year-old who's been Charlotte's Democratic mayor for four years has drawn little criticism from Senate Republicans or conservative activists.

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