The U.S. Senate Finance Committee has approved Mike Froman, a senior Obama administration adviser, as U.S. trade representative.
The committee considered Froman’s nomination at a recent hearing, during which Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., said the U.S. needs a strong trade representative for ongoing Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations and free trade agreement talks with the European Union.
Froman is the assistant to the president and deputy national security adviser for international economics. He also chairs the Major Economics Forum on Energy and Climate, co-chairs the Transatlantic Economic Council and plays a role in the G20 and G8 summits. Froman also served during the Clinton administration in various roles at the State Department, National Security Council and National Economic Council. In addition to his government service, he was a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, a resident fellow at the German Marshall Fund and worked in the private sector.
“Mr. Froman is the right man to lead USTR,” Baucus said in a written statement. “I am glad he got such strong support in committee. He now deserves that same support in the full Senate.”
Froman succeeds Ron Kirk, who resigned in February.