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Ron Kirk
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16th United States Trade Representative
In office
March 18, 2009 – March 15, 2013
President Barack Obama
Deputy Demetrios Marantis
Preceded by Susan Schwab
Succeeded by Michael Froman
57th Mayor of Dallas
In office
June 5, 1995 – February 20, 2002
Preceded by Steve Bartlett
Succeeded by Laura Miller
97th Secretary of State of Texas
In office
April 4, 1994 – January 17, 1995
Governor Ann Richards
Preceded by John Hannah
Succeeded by Tony Garza
Personal details
Ronald Kirk

June 27, 1954 (age 64)
Austin, Texas, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Matrice Ellis
Children 2 daughters
Education Austin College (BA)
University of Texas, Austin (JD)

Ronald Kirk (born June 27, 1954) is an American lawyer, politician and member of the Democratic Party.

Born in Austin, Texas, Kirk is a graduate of Austin's John H. Reagan High School, Austin College, and the University of Texas School of Law. From 1994 to 1995, Kirk worked as the Secretary of State of Texas, until he was elected as the Mayor of Dallas, where he served from 1995 to 2002 and was the first African-American to hold either of those positions. He ran for the United States Senate in 2002, but was defeated by Republican opponent John Cornyn. After his defeat, Kirk worked as a partner at the Houston-based law firm Vinson & Elkins and worked as a lobbyist for Energy Future Holdings and Merrill Lynch.[1][2]

Kirk was nominated by President Barack Obama to serve as U.S. Trade Representative and on March 18, 2009, and was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in a 92–5 confirmation vote.[3] On January 22, 2013, Kirk announced that he would be stepping down as U.S. Trade Rep.