U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk will leave the Obama administration at the end of February, he announced Tuesday.

Kirk had indicated late last year that he planned to return home to Texas, but he confirmed his plans with a statement Tuesday.

The United States, he said, “great strides to bring about the president’s vision of a more robust, responsible, and responsive trade policy that opens markets to products stamped ‘Made-in-America’ and enforces Americans’ trade rights around the world – and does so in a way that is more consistent with America’s core values on issues like the rights of workers and the environment.”