CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV)- If President Obama's nomination is confirmed by the Senate, he'll thrust Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx into a position of real power, overseeing a budget of more than $70 billion and managing the country's roads, skies and rails.
Foxx made sure to give Charlotte a shout-out during his first press-conference with the president yesterday.
"I also want to thank the wonderful people of Charlotte," he said.
But how deep will his gratitude go? Foxx's nomination has raised hopes that he'll steer federal money here, and history shows us it could happen.
Retiring U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is from Illinois, and during his tenure, Chicago's O'Hare airport received more federal funding than any other airport in history for reconstruction...nearly $800 million.