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Senate backs Froman as next trade representative

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Politics,White House

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senior White House economic adviser Michael Froman has been confirmed by the Senate to be the next U.S. trade representative.

The law school classmate of President Barack Obama takes over the post as the administration seeks to advance major trade deals with Pacific Rim and European nations.

The Senate vote was 93-4 to confirm Froman to succeed Ron Kirk, the former Dallas mayor who resigned as trade representative in February. Obama nominated Froman in May to be the administration's top trade negotiator.

As trade representative, the 50-year-old veteran of the Clinton and Obama administrations will be responsible for advancing an ambitious trade agenda that includes wrapping up a 12-nation Asia-Pacific trade deal and initiating negotiations on a trade liberalization agreement with the European Union.

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