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Democratic Official: Kirk Slated for US Trade Rep

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Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) - A Democratic official says President-elect
Barack Obama intends to name Ron Kirk as the United States' trade

Kirk is a former mayor of Dallas, and was the first black to
hold that post.

The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because Obama
has not made the selection public. He's expected to make the
announcement in coming days.

Obama tapped Kirk after Xavier Becerra, a Democratic congressman
from California, announced Tuesday that he intends to remain in the
House rather than take the trade post.

Currently, Kirk is a partner in the Dallas office of the
Houston-based powerhouse law and lobbying firm Vinson & Elkins.
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