DALLAS -- Former Dallas mayor Ron Kirk will resign from his post as United States Trade Representative in late February, his office announced Tuesday.

The Senate approved Kirk s nomination to President Barack Obama s cabinet in March 2009. He ll leave with nearly four years under his belt.

In President Obama s first term, trade has been a major part of this Administration s efforts to support American jobs right here at home, Kirk wrote in a prepared release. I am proud of UTSR s contribution to America s ongoing economic recovery.

Kirk served as the mayor of Dallas from 1995 to 2002. Before that, he was Texas Secretary of State under Gov. Ann Richards.

The president issued the below statement regarding Kirk's resignation:

I want to thank Ambassador Kirk for his hard work on behalf of the American people over the past four years. There s no question Ron delivered results for the American people and for our economy.

From bringing home new trade agreements with Korea, Colombia and Panama and negotiating to open up new markets for American businesses, to cracking down on unfair trade practices around the world, he has been a tremendous advocate for the American worker.

As a former mayor, Ron was relentless in making the case to the American public that a balanced, thoughtful trade policy can contribute to a stronger economic future for America. I appreciate his service and wish him the best of luck.

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