President-elect Barack Obama has nominated former Dallas Mayor Ron Kirk to be America’s top trade official. The United States Trade Representative carries an Ambassador’s rank and is a cabinet-level post.
On April 18, 2005, President George W. Bush nominated Susan Schwab to be the United States Trade Representative, Schwab has served as a Deputy U.S. Trade Representative for the past five months, working closely with the Rob Portman. Susan. Schwab started her government career as an agriculture negotiator during the “Tokyo Round” of negotiations in the 1970s when (by her own account) she walked into the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative looking for her first job. She served in various government, academic, and private-sector settings before returning to USTR at the end of last year. Schwab’s nomination was sent to the Senate for confirmation on May 3
The Basics of Trade
Understand how the global trading system works. A guide to resources and further information.