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USTR Ron Kirk Announces Serafini as Congressional Affairs DAUSTR

February 16, 2010

Washington, D.C. - United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk today announced that Ted Serafini will be named as the new Deputy Assistant United States Trade Representative (DAUSTR) for Congressional Affairs.

The Office of Congressional Affairs plays an integral part in the development of U.S. trade policy communication with the U.S. Congress. The Congressional Affairs office 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.

"Ted will be an important asset to USTR's Congressional Affairs office. He will bring years of trade and agricultural policy experience and will play an integral role in working closely with Congress as we move forward with our trade policy agenda," said Ambassador Kirk. "President Obama is committed to working with Congress to develop a trade policy agenda that will help create jobs for America's workers, farmers, ranchers and businesses and I'm pleased Ted will be part of our team."

Prior to being hired as the DAUSTR for Congressional Affairs, Serafini served as a legislative assistant to United States Senator Blanche Lincoln where he was responsible for Senate Agriculture Committee issues and trade issues on the Senate Finance Committee. Serafini also previously served as a senior legislative correspondent and constituent relations specialist for Senator Lincoln. He graduated magna cum laude from Beloit College with a major in International Relations and a minor in International Economics.

Serafini will serve as the deputy to Luis Jimenez, the Assistant United States Trade Representative for Congressional Affairs.