Cabinet Profiles: Katherine Tai: United States Trade Representative

The hearings for President Joe Biden‘s Cabinet nominations continue today.

We will hear testimony from his picks to lead all of his cabinet positions over the next several weeks. We will profile the nominees in advance of their hearings so our readers will have some background information as the proceedings take place.

In addition, most of the hearings will be live-streamed, and we will share that information on our Twitter feed once the hearings go live.

Katherine Tai

United States Trade Representative

  • Serves as chief lawyer on trade for the House Ways and Means Committee
  • Would be the first Asian American and first woman of color to serve as U.S. Trade Representative

Katherine is the lead advisor to the Chairman and Democratic Members of the Committee on Ways and Means on matters of international trade.

She was named to this position in 2017 after serving three years on the Committee as Trade Counsel.

Katherine came to the Committee in 2014 from USTR’s Office of the General Counsel, first as Associate General Counsel from 2007 to 2011 and then as Chief Counsel for China Trade Enforcement with responsibility for the development and litigation of U.S. disputes against China at the World Trade Organization (WTO).

Before joining USTR, Katherine worked in the international trade departments in several Washington, DC law firms. From 1996 to 1998, she lived and worked in Guangzhou, China teaching English at Zhongshan University as a Yale-China Fellow.

Katherine was born in Connecticut and raised in Washington, DC.  She is a graduate of Yale University and Harvard Law School.



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