Transportation secretary chosen to skip State of the Union

AP News
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.

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