WASHINGTON — Ron Sorini, senior vice president for international development and government relations at Fruit of the Loom, said he’s “very close” to entering the race for the 13th Congressional District of Illinois.
Sorini, who was U.S. chief textile negotiator from 1989 to 1993, has until Dec. 15 to file for a spot in the March 17 Republican primary. He is eyeing the spot being vacated by retiring Republican Rep. Harris Fawell. Fawell has held the seat since 1984.
Sorini has been here this week talking to leaders in the Illinois delegation and to political consultants.
Should he decide to enter next year’s race, Sorini said he would take a leave of absence from his Fruit of the Loom position to campaign full-time.
Most recently, the 43-year-old trade executive was deeply involved in campaigning against a bill that would have expanded benefits similar to those given Mexico under the North American Free Trade Agreement to Caribbean Basin countries. The provision ultimately was dropped during negotiations between the House and Senate.
Sorini said his first priority in Congress would be create a tax system that is fair to business. “We impose burdens on industries with our unfriendly tax code,” he said. “Instead, we need to keep industry competitive.”
He has been with Chicago-based Fruit of the Loom since May 1993. Sorini is an Illinois native and lives in Hinsdale, Ill., with his wife and two children.

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