Senate overwhelming approves new USTR head

Published on: Jun 19, 2013

The Senate easily confirmed Mike Froman to be U.S. Trade Representative by a voice vote of 93-4 Wednesday evening.

Froman received unanimous support in the Senate Finance Committee earlier this month. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D., Mont.) said Froman is the "right man for the job at just the right time."

Baucus added he was looking forward to working with Froman on renewing Trade Promotion Authority as well as advancing trade agreements currently in the works.

Froman has most recently served as the assistant to the president and deputy national security advisor for international economics.  He also chairs the Major Economics Forum on Energy and Climate, co-chairs the Transatlantic Economic Council and plays an active 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 a statement from the White House, President Barack Obama said, "Mike has been my closest advisor on a broad range of international economic issues and will continue to play a key role on my economic team.  He’s trusted and well-respected by our partners around the world, and for the last several years, he’s been a driving force behind our international economic agenda."