Kirk Says He’s a One-Termer as U.S. Trade Rep

First he told us he just wanted to be Barack Obama’s “best friend.” Then his name was bandied about for a cabinet post in the Obama administration like secretary of transportation or commerce. Then Ron Kirk wound up accepting a position in the administration as the U.S. Trade Representative. Now it looks like, no matter how well he’s performed as the senior official in charge of trade policy, Kirk’s going to say, “One and done.”

In an interview in his Washington, D.C., office today, Kirk told Tom Stephenson, a freelance writer for D CEO magazine, that he will not continue on in that post after the November election. Writes Tom:

Kirk said he has told the president, “It is not my desire or my intent to serve another term.” The former Dallas mayor called his years as trade czar “one of the highest honors in my life..and I feel incredibly humbled to  be a part of this team.” Kirk, like Obama, is married to a powerhouse wife and actively participates in raising two daughters. A former Texas secretary of state, Kirk was narrowly defeated in a race for the U.S. Senate  in 2002. He said, “I have served the city, the state, and the country. I think it is now time to serve the Kirk girls.”

So will it be back to practicing law, or serving on boards, or running for office here, or … something else?


  • Wes Mantooth

    “A former Texas secretary of state, Kirk was narrowly defeated in a race for the U.S. Senate in 2008.”

    I hope that this gets some serious fact-checking before going to print. To wit: the election was in 2002. And it was hardly a narrow defeat: Kirk lost by 12% to Cornyn, which equates to over a half-million votes fewer than the victor.

    Other than that, how was the play, Mrs. Lincoln?

  • Glenn Hunter

    Thanks, Wes. Will fix.

  • LL

    he will just got back to feeding at whatever trough will pay him.

  • Tom Stephenson

    Wes is correct. In publishing results of that election, NY Times called contest “closely fought” but nearly 500K vote margin speaks for itself