Tribpedia: Ron Kirk

Ron Kirk (born 1954) is the U.S. Trade Representative in the Obama administration.

As trade representative, Kirk serves as the President's trade advisor, negotiator and spokesperson on trade issues. He is the first African American to hold this position.

He served as mayor of Dallas in 1995 to 2002 and narrowly lost by a margin of 43 to 55 percent of the total vote against then-Attorney General John Cornyn for the U.S. Senate seat in 2002. 

Kirk worked under then-Texas Gov. Ann Richards as Secretary of State in 1994 before running for mayor of Dallas, becoming the first black mayor of Dallas. He was re-elected in 1999.

According to his biography, he was born and raised in Austin, Texas. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and sociology from Austin College in Sherman, Texas. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law in 1979. He is married to Matrice Ellis-Kirk. He and his wife have two daughters, Elizabeth Alexandra and Catherine Victoria.