December 18th, 2008
03:45 PM ET
13 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. Elizabeth in Texas

    YES! I am so excited. Ron Kirk helped "BOOM" Dallas into what it is today. We are not experiencing the economic disaster on the same level as other cities and states.

    Ron Kirk, congrats!

    December 18, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  2. Once You Vote Black

    On Your Mark
    Get Set

    December 18, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  3. Matt

    Oh NO!!!! NOT A TEXAN!!! lol

    December 18, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  4. Phil in KC


    December 18, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  5. Stephanie in Dallas, TX


    That was a real ignorant comment you made. Ron Kirk is a Democrat, and was a great Mayor. I have lived in Dallas most of my life, and trust me, the majority does not like George Bush. He will not be welcomed here with opened arms when he moves in. Dallas has become a liberal city, and has voted Democratic for a while now. Congrats Ron, I know you will do well!


    December 18, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  6. EB

    Don't worry. He's a sane Texan- there are a few of us. Ron Kirk is a great guy. Intelligent, quick, ambitious. I am very excited for this pick!

    December 18, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  7. Get over it


    The last time I checked, Texas is the worlds 4th leading economy, behind;

    1) United States
    2) China
    3) Japan
    4) Texas

    so that should help.

    December 18, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  8. joshua

    Remember all that talk about the great "Team of Rivals" that Barack was supposed to appoint? You know, the one that was supposed to remind everyone of Lincoln's cabinet? Uh.... right. He did keep Gates, but I don't think he has appointed anyone else that was even close to having a differing view on the world.... geez.

    December 18, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  9. Donna

    I'm in Dallas and I remember Kirk as out Mayor...he was pretty decent but I'm not sure what he knows about Trade....we'll see....not all Texans are bad...just the ones named Bush!!!

    December 18, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  10. Mary from Sarasota FL

    and why not a Texan? They are not all morons.

    December 18, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  11. young and informed independant

    as a dallas resident i am even more proud to say i voted for BO
    and i am thrilled to have a hometown man represented in this cabinet!

    December 18, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  12. Killa

    Good choice. I live in the Dallas area and Ron Kirk is a very good appointment. He was mayor for several years and was responsbile for bringing a lot of business to the area. He is also a good man!

    December 18, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  13. AngelaS

    Mayor Kirk of Dallas (who also ran unsuccessfully against John Cornyn for Senate) has been a strong supporter of P.E. Obama since the beginning of the campaign. He was a good mayor of Dallas and will be a good trade rep.

    Dallas is a little blue island in north Texas (y'all). Kerry won Dallas city by 10 points. Obama won Dallas county by 17.

    December 18, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  14. umu ule

    It's good to see Obama appoint one black man but not up to the position of secretary but rep

    December 18, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  15. Texas Teacher

    Okay... let's see... has she been a judge for Horse Shows? What about Beauty Contests? Has she even judged one? Can she see Mexico from Dallas? Not to mention Russia? I don't think so! She might do a pretty good job of it!!! 🙂

    December 18, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  16. Get Real. Vote Obama.

    Ron Kirk is definitely a good choice. And he's black! And he went to UT. Go Longhorns.

    December 18, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  17. ej

    At least he's not from Illinois!

    December 18, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    He ran for senate in texas (an impossible challenge for a dem) a couple years back and did considerably well. Honorable guy - refused to run any negative campaigns.

    December 18, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  19. TX Indy

    Excellent selection!

    December 18, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  20. Felly

    Any appointment from Texas other than Bush is great. Mayor Kirk is a successfull lawyer with great negotiation skills.

    December 18, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  21. Voted for change in Texas

    So now the media can stop saying he hasn't picked a southerner!

    December 18, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  22. GRITS - Girl Raised in the South

    Ron Kirk is pretty cool.

    December 18, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  23. wlou437

    As Mayor of Dallas, Ron Kirk did an excellent job, and if he didn't get this job, would probably been elected Senator to replace Kay Bailey Hutchinson. He is a very competent business man and leader.

    December 18, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  24. Amazed

    Yes, Ron Kirk was a very good Mayor. Good for him, He was also a very early support of Barack.

    December 18, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  25. kevin

    nice pick

    December 18, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
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