The U.S. Senate has confirmed Michael Froman as the next U.S. trade representative. He was approved by a bipartisan majority, voting 93-4 in favor.
Froman will now be able to preside over the first round of negotiations, scheduled for the week of July 8 in Washington, D.C., Reuters reports. The U.S. is also negotiating a free trade agreement in the Asia-Pacific region, the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Froman is the assistant to the president and deputy national security adviser for international economics. “Mike has been my closest adviser on a broad range of international economic issues and will continue to play a key role on my economic team,” Obama said in a written statement.
Froman succeeds Ron Kirk, who resigned in February.