The mayor of Charlotte, N.C., Anthony Foxx, will be nominated by President Barak Obama Monday to be the next secretary of the Department of transportation, the Washington Post said.
Appointing African-American Foxx to the post, which requires Senate confirmation, would appease the calls by President Obama's fellow party members for greater diversity of cabinet members for his second term, the New York Times said.
The Department of Transportation has been under intense pressure in recent days over flight delays caused by budget cuts, the Washington Post said.
Although Foxx is not a prominent political ally to the president as several of his recent nominations have been, a White House official praised Mr. Foxx's efforts to improve Charlotte's transit infrastructure as a way to expand the economy since becoming mayor in 2009, the Washington Post said.
Foxx would be joining Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. as the second black member of the president's cabinet, succeeding former Republican congressman Ray LaHood, who led the Transportation Department for four years, the New York Times reported.