Ron Kirk’s last day is today as U.S. Trade Rep

U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk speaking in Singapore last year. (Wong Maye-E/AP)

Marantis was chief international trade counsel on the Senate Finance Committee before moving over to USTR in 2009. Before that he also served as issues director on the Kerry 2004 presidential campaign.

Al Kamen, an award-winning columnist on the national staff of The Washington Post, created the “In the Loop” column in 1993.
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