Obama Taps Missoulian for Top Trade Post

by jhwygirl

Missoulian Michael Punke was nominated by the Obama administration for U.S. ambassador to the World Trade Organization.

Punke has worked on trade issues for Senator Max Baucus and has held previous trade positions under the Clinton administration.

Sen. Tester lauded the appointment of Punke, saying “I’m proud of this nomination because Michael is one of us. He’s a hard-working Montanan who understands the needs of working folks, small businesses and family farms and ranches. Michael’s expertise will do a lot of good for our country and for the future of trade.”

Punke’s an an accomplish novelist too, having written two non-fiction novels Fire and Brimstone: The North Butte Mining Disaster of 1917 and Last Stand: George Bird Grinnell, the Battle to Save the Buffalo, and the Birth of the New West, which was just released in paperback on September 1st.

He’s also the author of The Revenant: A Novel of Revenge, which is based on actual historical events.


  1. Great to see a fine writer and a native Wyomingite (and a Democrat for heaven’s sake) nominated to this post. Michael’s first book, “The Revenant: A Novel of Revenge,” was very good. The genesis for that book came from a misspent youth either working or volunteering at Fort Laramie.

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