The Senate Finance Committee yesterday approved by a unanimous voice vote the nomination of Mike Froman to be U.S. Trade Representative.  The committee considered Froman’s  nomination at a hearing on June 6, during which Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) said that the United States needs a strong trade representative on the job as Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations continue and free trade agreement talks with the European Union ramp up.

Froman is currently the assistant to the president and deputy national security advisor for international economics.  He also chairs the Major Economics Forum on Energy and Climate, co-chairs the Transatlantic Economic Council, and plays an active role in the G20 and G8 summits.

Froman also served during the Clinton administration in various roles at the State Department, National Security Council, and the National Economic Council.  Froman was a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and a resident fellow at the German Marshall Fund.  He has an undergraduate degree from Princeton University,  Ph.D. in international relations from Oxford University, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.