Transportation secretary chosen to skip State of the Union

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Posted: Jan 20, 2015 8:22 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx is skipping his boss' State of the Union address.

But he has a pass from President Barack Obama. By tradition, one person from the Cabinet always stays away from the Capitol to maintain continuity of government in case of a disaster.

The Transportation secretary is 13th in the line of succession. The cabinet offices fall in line by the chronological order of their establishment.

Foxx is the former mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina, who became transportation secretary in 2013.