December 18th, 2008
03:45 PM ET
14 years ago

Source: Obama picks former Dallas mayor for Trade Rep

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President-elect Barack Obama has chosen former Dallas Mayor Ron Kirk as U.S. Trade Representative, according to one Democratic official.

Filed under: Obama transition
soundoff (40 Responses)
  1. nick

    Not a bout state but individuals with credibility and the man has one!

    December 18, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  2. Brian G, Sugar Land, TX

    Is this a good thing?

    December 18, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  3. ben

    I hope Ron Kirk lives forever. If he were to die, I'd be the worst golfer on earth!

    December 18, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  4. vicki

    I'm black, my opinion is Obama needs to be careful of who's who in his cabinet. He can't have too many of THESE and not enough of THOSE. I'm glad I am not in his shoes. I would have had all FEMALES. This country would be on a serious budget. We'll be cutting coupons everyday. Don't buy this unless it is needed. Our budget would be tight and surplus.

    December 18, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  5. semiSemiNative Dallasite

    Ron Kirk would be a fine choice. He did a good job as mayor. He would have done well as a senator as well. He'd take a big pay cut to work in the administration, but I'm sure he'd do a good job.

    December 18, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  6. this could be a great next 4 years

    Wow this has such a breath of fresh air feel compared to the oppression of the last 8 years

    December 18, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  7. don

    Why all the bad comments on Kirk? Before he got in office we lost several major projects to suburban cities like Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas Motor Speedway and were about to loose the Mavericks and Stars until his administration came in and saved it. Remember Steve Bartlet? The man has a multitude of credentials and will serve us well as a top administrator. Ron Kirk never was and will be a true liberal he has governed from the center.

    December 18, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  8. huckee

    For those who say this in only cronie politics, here is a flashback from the past. Your soon-to-be ex-president appointed the head of a horse club as the director of FEMA and you see how well that worked out (heckuva job Brownie!).
    In this case, Mr. Kirk is well qualified in terms of education and job experience. He also backed the right candidate and that always bodes well for your career no matter what side of the aisle you are on.
    To be less than delicate: Repubs your time at the table has ended.

    December 18, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  9. brenda

    George Bush is a Saint, doesn't curse and look what that got us? Go Ron!

    December 18, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  10. Tom B

    Electric Deregulation aside, I think Mr Kirk would do well. North Texas needs an advocate in the cabinet or inner circle.

    December 18, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  11. mV

    Mayor Kirk is politically and intellectually savvy, conscientious and pragmatic- qualities all cabinet members will need to have to help deal with the economic tumult the U.S. currently faces. The national perception of Dallas politicians currently rivals that of Illinois' governor, Mayor Kirk's appointment and service in the Obama administration would be the first step toward neutralizing the growth of that perception.

    December 18, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  12. JEAN

    Ron Kirk would do Texas and the US proud as Transportation secretary. He has common sense.

    December 18, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  13. Betty the maid

    Bravo.... Ron Kirk was a wonderful mayor. I lived in Dallas until I moved to Houston and I just loved Mr Kirk. He is am outstanding man.

    Bravo Obama

    December 18, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  14. Brad - California

    As long as he's not related to the Bush family.

    December 18, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  15. FayTx

    TO-Matt December 18th, 2008 4:02 pm ET
    Oh NO!!!! NOT A TEXAN!!! lol
    FYI...Ron Kirk was an Excellent Mayor in BIG D Good Choice !!!!!

    December 18, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
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