President Barack Obama has tapped Tampa businessman Frank Sanchez, one of Obama's earliest and most important Florida supporters and fundraisers, to be undersecretary for international trade, the number three job at the Commerce Department.
Pending Senate confirmation, Sanchez will be the chief enforcement officer for trade agreements, overseeing offices in 76 countries and 106 U.S. cities.
Sanchez was a policy adviser on Latin America to the Obama campaign, for which he also raised more than $500,000.
The former Tampa mayoral candidate was also the chairman of the National Hispanic Leadership Council for the Obama campaign. He worked for President Bill Clinton as assistant secretary of transportation, where he developed aviation policy and oversaw international negotiations. More recently, Sanchez has worked as a business consultant and led the now-defunct Renaissance Steel Co. in Tampa.