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A Conversation with Ron Kirk

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with the Honorable Ron Kirk, former U.S. Trade Ambassador and former Mayor of Dallas, TX.

Currently Ambassador Kirk is Senior Of Counsel in Gibson, Dunn &Crutcher, LLP. He is Co-Chair of both the International Trade and Sports Law practices, and a member of the Public Policy, Crisis Management and Private Equity practice groups.

Kirk served as the 16th U.S. Trade Representative and was a member of President Obama’s Cabinet, serving as the President’s principal trade advisor, negotiator and spokesperson on trade issues.

Kirk served two terms (1995 - 2002) as the first African American mayor of Dallas, TX. Prior to becoming mayor, he served as Texas Secretary of State under Governor Ann Richards. In addition, Kirk has practiced law as a partner in the international law firm Vinson & Elkins, LLP. The National Law Journal named him one of “The 50 Most Influential Minority Lawyers in America” in 2008.

Born and raised in Austin, TX, Kirk graduated from Austin Collegewith a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and sociology and earned his law degree at the University of Texas School of Lawin 1979.

John L. Hanson is the producer and host of the nationally syndicated radio series In Black America. It’s heard on home station KUT at 10 p.m. Tuesdays and 6:30 a.m. Sundays — and weekly on close to 20 stations across the country. The weekly podcast of IBA, the only nationally broadcast Black-oriented public affairs radio program, is one of KUT’s most popular podcasts.