Office of the U.S. Trade Representative

Representative Xavier Becerra

US Trade Representative Ron Kirk

Kirk: Korea-US FTA Renegotiations Will Only Focus on Beef and Auto
Airang, August 8, 2010

Trade Pacts Hurting Maine, Manufacturers Tell Top U.S. Trade Rep
Maine Public Broadcasting Network, August 6, 2010

Idea of the Day: Enforce Labor Standards in Trade Agreements
Center for American Progress, August 4, 2010

USTR Kirk confident of trade pact progress this year
Reuters, August 3, 2010

Kirk says U.S. will work with Congress on Pacific trade pact
Bloomberg, November 14, 2009

U.S. Trade Rep: No Timeline for Votes on FTAs
Global Atlanta, October 9, 2009

Kirk Defends Policy to Purge Advocates from ITACs
Congress Daily, October 6, 2009

Carl Leubsdorf: Ron Kirk, the White House enforcer of fair trade
Dallas Morning News, September 30, 2009

Kirk works to assuage House concerns
Congress Daily, September 24, 2009

USTR Downplays Obama Trade Speech: G20 Unlikely to Focus on Trade
Inside US Trade, September 11, 2009

China tire row need not spark trade war: US official
Agence France Presse, August 17, 2009

Kirk to Talk Trade with African Leaders
AFRO, August 2, 2009

US trade envoy to voice ‘tough love’ for Africa
AFP, July 31, 2009

Ambassador Kirk Announces New Initiatives for Trade Enforcement
Office of the United States Trade Representative, July 16, 2009

US to get tough on trade, labor infractions: Kirk
Reuters, July 16, 2009

Obama ‘Going to Bat’ for Unions in Trade Accords
Bloomberg, July 16, 2009

Ron Kirk Talks About U.S. Trade Policy
Businessweek, July 16, 2009

Lawmakers Meet With Kirk to Press for New Trade Policies
Roll Call, July 8k 2009

US trade chief tries to allay lawmakers’ worries
Reuters, July 8 2009

Representative Xavier Becerra — Trade Votes
Voted NO on implementing CAFTA, Central America Free Trade. (Jul 2005)
Voted NO on implementing the Oman Free Trade Agreement (Jul 2006)
Voted YES on assisting workers who lose jobs to globalization. (Oct 2007)
Voted NO on ‘Fast Track’ authority for trade agreements. (Sep 1998)
Voted YES on promoting free trade with Peru. (Nov 2007)
Voted YES on implementing US-Australia Free Trade Agreement. (Jul 2004)
Voted YES on implementing US-Singapore free trade agreement. (Jul 2003)
Voted YES on implementing free trade agreement with Chile. (Jul 2003)
Voted NO on withdrawing from the WTO. (Jun 2000)
Voted YES on Permanent Normal Trade Relations with China. (May 2000)
Voted NO on Disaproving MFN for China. (Nov 1999)
Voted YES on NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Agreement. (Nov 1993)

Other related votes
Voted NO on end offshore tax havens and promote small business. (Oct 2004)
Voted YES on $156M to IMF for 3rd-world debt reduction. (Jul 2000)
Voted NO on replacing export tax breaks with $140B in new breaks. (Jun 2004)
Voted YES on keeping Cuba travel ban until political prisoners released. (Jul 2001)

Voted NO on building a fence along the Mexican border. (Sep 2006)
Voted NO on reporting illegal aliens who receive hospital treatment. (May 2004)
Voted YES on extending Immigrant Residency rules. (May 2001)
Voted YES on more immigrant visas for skilled workers. (Sep 1998)

Additional Background
Elected Vice Chair of Democratic Caucus on November 18, 2008
Ninth ranking member on House Committee on Ways and Means
Only member from Southern California on House Ways and Means
Religious affiliation: Catholic. (Nov 2000)
Member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. (Oct 2001)
Member of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus. (Jan 2001)
Member of the Congressional Human Rights Caucus. (Jan 2001)
First elected to the House of Representatives in 1992