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Bush Nominates Rob Portman as next U.S. Trade Representative


Washington, DC, Mar 17, 2005

President Bush has nominated Ohio Congressman Rob Portman to join his Cabinet as the next United States Trade Representative. With Senate confirmation, Portman would replace Robert Zoellick, who left the post in February to serve as Deputy Secretary in the State Department.

"For more than a decade, Rob Portman has been a superb representative of the Second District of Ohio," Bush said at a White House event to announce the nomination. "As a member of the House leadership, Rob has shown he can bring together people of differing views to get things done."

Prior to his election to Congress, Rob Portman practiced law in Washington DC and Cincinnati, specializing in international trade law. From 1989-1991 he served in the first Bush administration as Associate Counsel to the President and later as Director of the White House Office of Legislative Affairs. Congressman Portman currently serves on the Ways and Means Committee and its Subcommittee on Trade. Portman is also the Vice Chairman of the Budget Committee and serves as the Chairman of the House Republican Leadership.

"I am honored that President Bush has offered me the opportunity to serve as the United States Trade Representative. If the Senate should confirm my nomination, I look forward to serving the American people in this role," said Portman, responding to the nomination.

"Open markets and strong trade relations are key components to a more peaceful, stable and prosperous world. Through expanded trade, the roots of democracy and freedom are deepened. Here at home, trade policy opens markets to create good jobs, a higher standard of living, and greater economic growth."

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