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Michael Froman
Michael Froman official portrait.jpg
17th United States Trade Representative
Incumbent
Assumed office
June 21, 2013
President Barack Obama
Deputy Miriam Sapiro
Preceded by Miriam Sapiro (Acting)
Personal details
Born (1962-08-20) August 20, 1962 (age 52)
San Rafael, California, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Nancy Goodman
Children Benjamin
Sarah
Jacob
Alma mater Princeton University
University of Oxford
Harvard University

Michael B. Froman (born August 20, 1962)[1] is a lawyer and the U.S. Trade Representative since 2013. He previously was Assistant to the President of the United States and Deputy National Security Advisor for International Economic Affairs, a position held jointly at the National Security Council and the National Economic Council where he served as the United States sherpa to the G7, G8, and G20 summits of economic powers.[2] On May 2, 2013 President Obama nominated him to succeed Ambassador Ron Kirk as the U.S. Trade Representative.[3][4] He was confirmed on June 19, 2013.

Early life and Education[edit]

Froman grew up in a Jewish family[5] in San Rafael and graduated from The Branson School.[6] As a teen, Froman was active in B'nai B'rith Youth Organization) serving as the 56th International President in 1980[7] and spoke at the BBYO International Convention in Washington, D.C. in February 2013.[8] Froman received an A.B. in Public and International Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School of Princeton University in 1985, a DPhil in International Relations entitled, The development of the idea of detente in American political discourse, 1952-1985, from Oxford University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School where he was a classmate of Barack Obama,[2][9] and also where he was an associate of Obama's on the Harvard Law Review.[10]

Career[edit]

Froman served as liaison of the American Bar Association's Central and East European Law Initiative (CEELI) legal assistance program in Albania. He was also a member of the Forward Studies Unit of the European Commission in Brussels.[2]

Between January 1993 and December 1995, Froman was Deputy National Security Advisor for International Economic Affairs on the United States National Economic Council, a position held jointly at the National Security Council and the National Economic Council.[2] He was Deputy Assistant Secretary for Eurasia and the Middle East, where his work was related to economic policy towards the former Soviet Union, Central and Eastern Europe, as well as economic components of the Dayton Accords.[2] He was a Senior Fellow at the Council of Foreign Relations and a Resident Fellow at the German Marshall Fund.

Froman spent much of his career within the United States Department of the Treasury[2] where he rose to Chief of Staff under Robert Rubin in January 1997 and served until July 1999.

After the end of the Clinton administration in 2001, Froman followed Robert Rubin from the Treasury Department to Citigroup.[10] He was President and Chief Executive Officer of CitiInsurance and head of Emerging Markets Strategy at Citigroup, managing infrastructure and sustainable development investments.[2] He received more than $7.4 million from January 2008 to 2009 alone.[11]

Froman and Obama were not in touch after their time at Harvard until Obama's 2004 Senate run, when Froman volunteered to advise Obama on policy; he introduced Obama to Robert Rubin.[10] In 2008 Froman served on a 12-member advisory board of the Obama campaign’s transition team,[2] and joined the White House for a second run in 2009. He went back to the position he held during the Clinton years, as deputy assistant to the president and deputy national security adviser for international economic affairs, at the National Security Council and the National Economic Council until 2013.

On May 2, 2013, Froman was nominated to serve as U.S. Trade Representative. Financial documents provided to the Senate Finance Committee showed he had nearly $500,000 in an offshore fund at Ugland House on the Cayman Islands, which Obama had once described as “the biggest tax scam in the world.” [12] In 2013 congressional testimony, Rep. Kevin Brady, Republican from Texas, criticized the EU low carbon fuel standard, where oil from tar-sands is classified by itself due to its higher carbon polluting impact compared to regular oil as a "discriminatory, environmentally unjustified" trade barrier, to which Froman responded, "I share your concerns," followed by a description of his work to "press the Commission to take the views of . . . U.S. refiners under consideration."[13] The U.S. Senate confirmed Froman in a 93-4 vote on June 19, 2013.[14] One of the four dissenting senators was Massachusetts Democrat Elizabeth Warren, who faulted Froman for "refusing to commit to [...] standards of transparency in trade talks set by the George W. Bush administration".[13]

Personal[edit]

Froman lives in New York City with his wife, Nancy Goodman.[10] They have one son, Benjamin, and one daughter, Sarah. His older son, Jacob, died in 2009 at age ten from a medulloblastoma, a rare form of pediatric brain cancer.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://white-house-staff.theblaze.com/l/1047/Froman-Michael-B
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Michael Froman '91 joins White House in joint security, economic post". New and Events,Harvard Law School. Harvard Law School. 2 February 2009, updated 2-18-09. Retrieved 5 August 2014. 
  3. ^ Associated Press (2013-05-02) "Obama nominates economic adviser Michael Froman as next US trade representative", The Washington Post. Retrieved 2013-05-02.
  4. ^ Epstein, Jennifer (2013-05-02) "President Obama picks Penny Pritzker for Commerce, Michael Froman for trade rep", Politico. Retrieved 2013-05-02.
  5. ^ Jewish News Service Algemeiner: "Obama Cites US-Israel Bond in Jewish American Heritage Month Declaration" May 1, 2013
  6. ^ The Marin Independent Journal: "Marin native Froman tapped by Obama to be U.S. trade representative" May 2, 2013
  7. ^ ""Past Grand Aleph Godolim of the Aleph Zadik Aleph"". BBYO. Retrieved June 4, 2013. 
  8. ^ Kansas City Jewish Chronicle: "Local teens join thousands at BBYO International Convention" February 28 2013
  9. ^ "Obama's Handful: The New Yorkers Who May Be Going to Washington by Jason Horowitz, The New York Observer, 10-28-08". Retrieved 2008-11-06. 
  10. ^ a b c d "Candidates for Obama's Inner Circle | MICHAEL FROMAN" by Jodi Kantor, The New York Times, Nov. 19, 2008. Retrieved 2-18-09./
  11. ^ Jeff Zelen (3 April 2009). "Financial Industry Paid Millions to Obama Aide". New York Times. 
  12. ^ Weisman, Jomathan (June 4, 2013). "U.S. Trade Nominee Has $490,000 in Cayman Fund". NYT. Retrieved 13 May 2014. 
  13. ^ a b Dickinson, Tim (3 February 2014). "How the U.S. Exports Global Warming". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 14 May 2014. 
  14. ^ http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=1&vote=00158
  15. ^ Kids v Cancer: "Nancy Goodman Biography" retrieved June 4, 2013


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Preceded by
Miriam Sapiro
Acting
United States Trade Representative
2013–present
Incumbent

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