US Trade Rep Ron Kirk
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US Trade Representative Ron Kirk is set to leave the administration. The departure is not surprising as he told President Barack Obama of his intentions shortly after the re-election in November.
Kirk, who has headed the agency since March 2009, was elected in 1995 as the first African-American mayor of Dallas. He left that job in 2001 in an unsuccessful bid for the US Senate in 2002.
He is expected to join the private sector in Dallas.
Among the names mentioned to succeed him is Fred Hochberg, a businessman who had been acting Small Business Administration chief in the Clinton Administration and is now chairman of the Export-Import Bank. Another hot name in the race is that of Francisco Sanchez , currently Commerce undersecretary for international trade and former assistant secretary of transportation in the Clinton administration.