Another Name for U.S. Trade Rep

By December 17, 2008Trade

It appears that Rep. Xavier Bercerra (D-CA) is no longer pursuing an appointment to be the next U.S. Trade Representative, and the new candidate being mentioned is Ron Kirk, former mayor Dallas and the 2002 Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate against now Senator John Cornyn in 2002. Kirk’s campaign helped develop several top Obama campaign aides, but what about his trade experience?

A quick Google search discovers trade missions, demonstrating an outward looking attitude:
Knight-Ridder, 1999:

Jul. 9 — Dallas Mayor Ron Kirk and other delegates who went to Spain and Italy on a trade mission said they successfully marketed Dallas as a global economic center and hope the trip will bring more international business to the region.

“It was a tremendous success,” said Mr. Kirk, who returned to Dallas earlier this week. “Most of their knowledge of the United States is of Miami and New York and L.A. They know very little about our part of…

Dallas Morning News, January, 2008:

The trip is [Dallas Mayor Tom] Leppert’s first international journey on behalf of Dallas since becoming mayor in June, and the first trade mission to Mexico by a Dallas mayor since Ron Kirk traveled there in 2001, city officials say.

Atmos Energy Corp release, March 2008:

During her chairmanship, McDermott accompanied Dallas Mayor Ron Kirk and a business delegation on a trade mission to Hong Kong, Taiwan and China.

According to Department of Commerce statistics, the Dallas metropolitan area is one of the top 10 exporting metropolitan areas in the nation.

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