It's official - former Dallas Mayor Ron Kirk announced today that he's stepping down as U.S. Trade Representative. The Star-Telegram recently reported Kirk, the only Texas Cabinet member, would not stay in a second Obama term.
"It has been no less than my greatest professional privilege to serve President Barack Obama alongside the dedicated professionals of USTR,” said Ambassador Kirk. “Together, we have made great strides to bring about the President’s vision of a more robust, responsible, and responsive trade policy that opens markets to products stamped ‘Made-in-America’ and enforces Americans’ trade rights around the world – and does so in a way that is more consistent with America’s core values on issues like the rights of workers and the environment. "
“In President Obama’s first term, trade has been a major part of this Administration’s efforts to support American jobs right here at home. I am proud of USTR’s contribution to America’s ongoing economic recovery.”
-- Maria Recio