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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Ron Kirk Confirmed By U.S. Senate As Trade Representative

Former Dallas, Texas Mayor Ron Kirk, left, was confirmed by the U.S. Senate this afternoon to be the U.S. Trade Representative by a vote of 92-5.

AAEA supported this nomination.

The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is an agency of over 200 people. USTR negotiates directly with foreign governments to create trade agreements, resolve disputes and participate in global trade policy organizations. They also meet with governments, business groups, legislators and public interest groups to gather input on trade issues and explain the president’s trade policy positions. The agency was founded in 1962 and has offices in Washington, Geneva and Brussels.

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