Senate approves Froman for U.S. trade representative

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved White House international economic affairs adviser Michael Froman to be the next U.S. trade representative, sending him into the fray of two huge trade negotiations in Asia and Europe.

Froman, a longtime friend of President Barack Obama, has already played a key role in shaping U.S. trade policy over the past four years from his post in the White House.

Now he is moving from that behind-the-scenes work to a prominent role in Obama's Cabinet, where other big jobs will include managing difficult trade relationships with China and India and breathing new life into moribund world trade talks.

(Reporting by Doug Palmer; Editing by Eric Beech)