The Senate unanimously approved C.J. Mahoney, originally from Russell, Kan., to be the Deputy United States Trade Representative, U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), a senior member of the Senate Finance Committee, announced March 1.

“In meeting with Mr. Mahoney, what impressed me the most was his understanding of how trade decisions affect businesses and individuals across our state of Kansas,” said Roberts. “C.J. understands how important it is for the U.S. to be a reliable supplier to our current trading partners, but also, to expand markets to sell our products. This is especially important now, due to the rough patch the farm economy is currently facing.”

Sen. Roberts introduced Mahoney at the Finance Committee hearing on his nomination. To watch the introduction, go here. Roberts is also Chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee.

For Mahoney’s testimony or to watch the full hearing, go here.