Four More Years, Two More Posts to Fill

President Obama’s second term will require filling posts in the area of commerce–U.S. Trade Representative and Secretary of Commerce.

U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk announced today that he we will step down in February. As head of the Office of U.S. Trade Representatives Ron Kirk has accomplished the following:

  • Congressional approval of three long-stalled free trade agreements–South Korea, Panama and Colombia;
  • Current negotiation of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement; and
  • Re-authorization of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Act.

A more extensive lists of Ambassador Kirk’s efforts to promote international trade can be found here.

Furthermore, the current Deputy Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank is serving as the Acting Secretary of Commerce. Blank has served in this role since June 2012, following the resignation of former Secretary of Commerce John Bryson, and will continue to do so until another Commerce Secretary is appointed and confirmed.


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About Dr. Sarita D. Jackson

is the President and CEO of the Global Research Institute of International Trade, a think-tank/consulting firm that examines trade policies and their impact on domestic businesses. Prior to heading GRIIT, Dr. Jackson was a tenured associate professor of political science in North Carolina and worked as a trade policy consultant for an Arlington-based consulting firm. She has participated in trade policy projects and conducted research on free trade negotiations in Botswana, Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Mexico and Panama. Dr. Jackson has also traveled to Chile and Argentina to study their political systems and economic integration policies.
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