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Anthony Foxx

In office
2009 – Present
Preceded by Pat McCrory

Born April 30, 1971 (1971-04-30) (age 38)
Charlotte, North Carolina
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Samara (née Ryder)
Alma mater Davidson College
New York University
Profession Attorney

Anthony R. Foxx (born April 30, 1971) is the mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina, United States. He was first elected to the Charlotte City Council in 2005, and was elected mayor on November 3, 2009, winning 51.5% [1] of the vote and narrowly defeating his City Council colleague, Republican John Lassiter.[2]

At age 38, Foxx is the youngest man ever elected mayor of Charlotte,[3][4] and is the first Democrat to hold the office since Harvey Gantt left office in 1987.[5] He is also Charlotte's second African American mayor, as well as its first newly-elected mayor since 1995, when Pat McCrory began the first of his record seven terms in office.


Early life

Foxx was born in Charlotte on April 30, 1971.[6] He was raised by his mother, Laura Foxx, and his grandparents, James and Mary Foxx,[7] and graduated from West Charlotte High School.[2][8] He graduated from Davidson College, where he was the first black student body president,[9] with a degree in history in 1993[10] and earned a law degree from New York University Law School in 1996.[8][10]


After law school, Foxx returned to Charlotte to work for a short time at the Smith, Helms, Mullis, and Moore law firm, and left to become a clerk for Judge Nathaniel R. Jones of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati. Later he worked for the United States Department of Justice and the United States House of Representatives Judiciary Committee.[8] In 2004, he was the campaign manager for Representative Mel Watt.[9]

In 2001, he returned to Charlotte to work as a business litigator for Hunton & Williams.[8]

Political career

Foxx was first elected to the Charlotte City Council in 2005 to an at-large seat, and was re-elected in 2007. He won election as Charlotte's mayor in 2009. While a member of the city council, he retained his position as a litigator at Hunton & Williams, switching to part-time status.[11]


Foxx is married to the former Samara Ryder,[9][12] also an attorney; they have two children.[12]


  1. ^ State Board of Elections - Nov. 3 Mecklenburg election results
  2. ^ a b Morrill, Jim; Lyttle, Steve (2009-11-03). "Foxx elected Charlotte's mayor". Charlotte Observer. Retrieved 2009-11-03.  
  3. ^ Spanberg, Erik (2009-11-06). "Pat McCrory: Seven terms and not (quite) done yet". Charlotte Business Journal. Retrieved 2009-11-11.  
  4. ^ "Charlotte Mayor-Elect Anthony Foxx Sits Down For Exclusive Interview With Channel 9". WSOC-TV. 2009-11-05. Retrieved 2009-11-09.  
  5. ^ Morrill, Jim (2008-10-28). "Anthony Foxx Announces He's Candidate for Mayor - The Democrat and Charlotte City Council Member is First to Declare in 2009 Race". Charlotte Observer.  
  6. ^
  7. ^ "Where Politics is a Family Affair". The Charlotte Observer. 2007-02-06. p. 1B.  
  8. ^ a b c d Harrison, Steve (2009-10-18). "Anthony Foxx, Democrat - Describes Himself as Mediator, Ready to Speak Out on Issues". Charlotte Observer. p. 1A.  
  9. ^ a b c Rubin, Richard (2005-09-29). "Grandfather's Lessons Pay Off for City Council Contender - Grandson of Stalwart of Democratic Party Leads Primary At-Large Ticket". The Charlotte Observer. p. 1B.  
  10. ^ a b "Hunton & Williams | Bios | Anthony R. Foxx". Hunton & Williams. Retrieved 2009-11-04.  
  11. ^ Valle, Kirsten (2009-11-06). "Foxx's mayor role raises firm's profile". The Charlotte Observer. p. 10A. Retrieved 2009-11-09.  
  12. ^ a b "Anthony Foxx for Charlotte Mayor". Retrieved 2009-11-09.  
Preceded by
Pat McCrory (R)
Mayor of Charlotte, NC
Succeeded by


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