USTR nominee approved by Senate Finance Committee

Michael Froman nominated for USTR head unanimously approved in committee and now awaits full Senate approval.

The Senate Finance Committee unanimously approved June 11 Michael Froman’s nomination to be U.S. Trade Representative by voice vote. The committee considered Froman’s nomination at a hearing June 6.

During the hearing, Senate Finance Committee chairman Max Baucus (D., Mont.) said the U.S. needs a strong trade representative on the job as Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations continue and free trade agreement talks with the E.U. ramp up. Baucus and many members of the committee stressed the need for the President to be involved with passing Trade Promotion Authority which would give the president greater negotiating power during trade talks.

Baucus said that he also plans to introduce bipartisan TPA legislation this month, and during the hearing Froman committed to working with the committee on a bill.

“Mr. Froman is the right man to lead USTR. He has the experience and the knowledge to help tackle America’s ambitious trade agenda,” Baucus said. “I am glad he got such strong support in committee. He now deserves that same support in the full Senate. We need to quickly approve this nomination so Mr. Froman can hit the ground running and get to work.”

Froman is currently 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 addition to his government service, Froman was a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, a resident fellow at the German Marshall Fund and worked in the private sector. He received his A.B. from Princeton University, Ph.D. in international relations from Oxford University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

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