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United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk Announces Jimenez as Congressional Affairs AUSTR

Washington, D.C. - United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk today announced that Luis Jimenez will be named as the new Assistant United States Trade Representative for Congressional Affairs.

The Office of Congressional Affairs plays a pivotal role in the development of U.S. trade policy through communication with the U.S. Congress. Jimenez will lead the Congressional Affairs office as it works with Congress and listens to lawmakers' priorities, provides briefings to Congress and interested third party stakeholders, responds to Congressional inquiries, provides advice to Congressional constituents, and coordinates with other United States Trade Representative (USTR) offices to help negotiate trade agreements and resolve trade disputes.

"Luis brings to this job a real understanding of how Congress works, gained from his dynamic and effective experience on Capitol Hill," said Ambassador Kirk. "This administration has committed to working closely with Congress to develop a trade agenda that will contribute to economic recovery for America's working families, and I am confident that Luis will be a key player in our daily achievement of that goal."

Prior to serving as USTR's Deputy Assistant United States Trade Representative for Congressional Affairs, Jimenez served as the Legislative Director for Democratic Caucus Chairman Rahm Emanuel (D-IL) where he managed the Chairman's legislative agenda. In addition, Jimenez served as Emanuel's primary advisor for trade issues on the Committee on Ways and Means, and as Emanuel's advisor for foreign affairs, immigration, defense and appropriations. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, International Studies and Spanish from the University of Kansas.

In this post, Jimenez follows Assistant United States Trade Representative Daniel Sepulveda, who recently announced that he will serve as Senior Adviser to U.S. Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.)