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U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk will step down from his post at the end of February. / Carolyn Kaster, AP

President Obama has another job to fill: United States Trade Representative.

As expected, current Trade Representative Ron Kirk announced he would be leaving his post soon.

"It has been no less than my greatest professional privilege to serve President Barack Obama alongside the dedicated professionals of USTR," Kirk said in a statement.

"Together," he added, "we have made great strides to bring about the President's vision of a more robust, responsible and responsive trade policy that opens markets to products stamped 'Made in America.' "

Kirk said he will depart in late February.

Obama praised Kirk, saying he "delivered results" for the United States.

"From bringing home new trade agreements with Korea, Colombia and Panama and negotiating to open up new markets for American businesses, to cracking down on unfair trade practices around the world, he has been a tremendous advocate for the American worker," Obama said.

Kirk - a frequent Obama golf partner - is a former mayor of Dallas.



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