Robert Lighthizer confirmed as U.S. Trade Representative

May 15, 2017: Robert Lighthizer was confirmed as the U.S. Trade Representative on Thursday, May 11, 2017. He was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in a 82–14 vote. Lighthizer, 69, Republican, previously helped negotiate about two dozen bilateral international trade deals during the Reagan administration. Lighthizer was also the U.S. Senate Finance Committee's Chief of International Trade Deals during the Reagan administration. Lighthizer has experience in international trade law, and he has worked at the Skadden, Arps Slate, Meagher and Flom law firm for more than thirty years.

According to Lighthizer’s official Skadden biography: Lighthizer was previously the Vice Chairman of the Board of the U.S. Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC). OPIC is an independent federal government agency whose purpose is to promote economic growth in developing countries through U.S. investment. He also worked as the Deputy U.S. Trade Representative in 1983 during the Reagan administration. Before he was appointed as the Deputy U.S. Trade Representative, Lighthizer was the Chief of Staff at the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance. The Committee has jurisdiction over international trade, taxation, Social Security and health and welfare programs. Lighthizer received his law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1973.

Attribution: U.S. Senate, Wikipedia

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