Mickey Kantor studied at Vanderbilt University, where he made in 1961 as a Bachelor in Economics its conclusion. Subsequently, he served four years in the U.S. Navy and attained the rank of Lieutenant. In 1968, he earned a Doctor of Laws Law Center at Georgetown University, after which he began practicing as a lawyer in Florida.
Kantor began his political involvement in the election campaigns of Democratic presidential candidate George McGovern in 1972, Jimmy Carter in 1976 and 1980 and Walter Mondale in 1984. At times, he was also in the campaign team of Jerry Brown, who has already failed in the internal party pre- elections in 1976 and 1980. In 1992 he was finally campaign manager of Bill Clinton in the successful presidential candidacy.
After Clinton was sworn in on 20 January 1993 as U.S. president, Kantor was appointed as agent of the United States with Cabinet rank in the Clinton administration. In this position, he gained a reputation as an energetic and combative negotiator, especially against the Japanese government representatives, with whom he reached the mid-1990s, a hard-fought compromise agreement on the automotive industry.
On April 12, 1996, he was the successor of a plane crash in Croatia who were killed Ron Brown of Clinton appointed Minister of Commerce ( Commerce Secretary ). As a member of the government, he played a convincing role in the approval of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA ) through Congress. He also achieved success in expanding access of U.S. companies in global markets.
Kantor was replaced by William M. Daley as Trade Minister in January 1997. Since then he has worked in Washington, D.C. for the Chicago-based international law firm Mayer Brown.