WASHINGTON - President Bush June 21 formally sent Jon Huntsman Jr.'s nomination as a deputy U.S. trade representative to the Senate for confirmation.
Huntsman will give up his post as vice chairman of Huntsman Corp., according to company spokesman Don Olsen. Olsen is not certain what will happen with Huntsman's stake in the company.
Huntsman has a background in foreign trade issues: he headed the Asia desk in the Commerce Department and was ambassador to Singapore in the first Bush administration. If confirmed, he would oversee Asian affairs in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.
Huntsman is also a frequent contributor to federal candidates' campaigns, including the Republican presidential bids of Bush, Elizabeth Dole and John McCain. He has given to others, including Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison and Rep. Joe Barton, both Republicans from Texas.