By ERICA WERNERAssociated Press Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) - California Congressman Xavier Becerra has metwith President-elect Barack Obama to discuss the job of U.S. traderepresentative.
The meeting took place Thursday at Obama's transition office inChicago. It was confirmed by a Democratic official who spoke oncondition of anonymity because no public announcement has beenmade.
Becerra, a Democrat just elected to his ninth term representingLos Angeles, is a member of the House Ways and Means Committee andan ally of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
He has fought for labor protections in trade agreements, leadingopposition to the Central American free-trade pact because hethought it was too weak in that area. (Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)