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Confirmation Hearing For Robert Lighthizer To Become The Next U.S. Trade Representative
Confirmation Hearing For Robert Lighthizer To Become The Next U.S. Trade Representative
Published: 2017/03/15
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Robert Lighthizer. House Ways and Means Committee on Trump administration
Robert Lighthizer. House Ways and Means Committee on Trump administration's trade agenda
Published: 2017/06/22
Channel: CHANNEL90seconds newscom
Vice President Pence Participates in a Swearing-in Ceremony for Robert Lighthizer
Vice President Pence Participates in a Swearing-in Ceremony for Robert Lighthizer
Published: 2017/05/15
Channel: The White House
Robert Lighthizer testifies at his US trade representative confirmation hearing
Robert Lighthizer testifies at his US trade representative confirmation hearing
Published: 2017/03/14
Channel: CHANNEL90seconds newscom
Lighthizer Sees China as a Key Issue
Lighthizer Sees China as a Key Issue
Published: 2017/03/14
Channel: Bloomberg Politics
Donald Trump Expected To Name Trade Hawk Robert Lighthizer As Representative | Squawk Box | CNBC
Donald Trump Expected To Name Trade Hawk Robert Lighthizer As Representative | Squawk Box | CNBC
Published: 2017/01/03
Channel: CNBC
Does Trump
Does Trump's Pick For Trade Rep Match His Campaign Promises? (w/Guest: Lori Wallach)
Published: 2017/01/04
Channel: Thom Hartmann Program
Sen. Brown Questions Robert Lighthizer
Sen. Brown Questions Robert Lighthizer
Published: 2017/03/14
Channel: Sherrod Brown
Vice President Pence Swearing-in Ceremony for U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer
Vice President Pence Swearing-in Ceremony for U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer
Published: 2017/05/15
Channel: LIVE SATELLITE NEWS
Robert Lighthizer approved as U.S. trade representative
Robert Lighthizer approved as U.S. trade representative
Published: 2017/05/12
Channel: ARIRANG NEWS
Senator Stabenow Questions Robert Lighthizer on Trade
Senator Stabenow Questions Robert Lighthizer on Trade
Published: 2017/03/14
Channel: SenatorStabenow
Senator Roberts Questions Robert Lighthizer at USTR Nomination Hearing
Senator Roberts Questions Robert Lighthizer at USTR Nomination Hearing
Published: 2017/03/14
Channel: SenPatRoberts
Ways and Means Full Committee Hearing with US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer
Ways and Means Full Committee Hearing with US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer
Published: 2017/06/22
Channel: Rep. Kenny Marchant
Adding To The Trump Team - Lighthizer Named U.S. Trade Representative - Fox & Friends
Adding To The Trump Team - Lighthizer Named U.S. Trade Representative - Fox & Friends
Published: 2017/01/03
Channel: Mass Tea Party - Wake Up America!
Bob Lighthizer - Oral History about Bob Dole - October 18, 2007
Bob Lighthizer - Oral History about Bob Dole - October 18, 2007
Published: 2013/12/09
Channel: DoleArchive
Rep. DelBene questions U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer
Rep. DelBene questions U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer
Published: 2017/06/22
Channel: Rep. Suzan DelBene
Senate approves Trump trade nominee, Robert Lighthizer
Senate approves Trump trade nominee, Robert Lighthizer
Published: 2017/05/11
Channel: Straits Times
Congressman Paulsen Discusses Trade in Hearing with USTR Robert Lighthizer
Congressman Paulsen Discusses Trade in Hearing with USTR Robert Lighthizer
Published: 2017/06/22
Channel: Rep. Erik Paulsen
Rep. Lynn Jenkins Questions USTR Robert Lighthizer at Ways and Means Committee Hearing
Rep. Lynn Jenkins Questions USTR Robert Lighthizer at Ways and Means Committee Hearing
Published: 2017/06/22
Channel: Lynn Jenkins
Robert Lighthizer takes oath as US trade representative
Robert Lighthizer takes oath as US trade representative
Published: 2017/05/16
Channel: NTDTV
Rep. Holding questions USTR Robert Lighthizer
Rep. Holding questions USTR Robert Lighthizer
Published: 2017/06/22
Channel: RepHolding
Menendez Questions Lighthizer on intellectual property, labor obligations in NAFTA & China
Menendez Questions Lighthizer on intellectual property, labor obligations in NAFTA & China
Published: 2017/06/21
Channel: SenatorMenendezNJ
Senator Roberts Presses USTR Lighthizer on Importance of Agriculture Trade
Senator Roberts Presses USTR Lighthizer on Importance of Agriculture Trade
Published: 2017/06/21
Channel: SenPatRoberts
Finance Hearing Nomintion of Robert Lighthizer to be United States Trade Representative
Finance Hearing Nomintion of Robert Lighthizer to be United States Trade Representative
Published: 2017/03/14
Channel: SenRobPortman
Trump Names Lighthizer as Trade Representative
Trump Names Lighthizer as Trade Representative
Published: 2017/01/03
Channel: United News International
Trump taps Robert Lighthizer for trade rep.
Trump taps Robert Lighthizer for trade rep.
Published: 2017/01/03
Channel: Newsy
Robert Lighthizer sworn in as U.S. trade representative - LoneWolf Sager(◑_◑)
Robert Lighthizer sworn in as U.S. trade representative - LoneWolf Sager(◑_◑)
Published: 2017/05/17
Channel: LoneWolf & The Three Muskadoggies(◑_◑)
Washington Week in Review: May 11, 2017: Lighthizer, Perdue, and Gottlieb
Washington Week in Review: May 11, 2017: Lighthizer, Perdue, and Gottlieb
Published: 2017/05/11
Channel: Agri-Pulse Communications, Inc.
Thune Questions Lighthizer on NAFTA in Finance Hearing
Thune Questions Lighthizer on NAFTA in Finance Hearing
Published: 2017/03/15
Channel: JohnThune
Trump names China critic Robert Lighthizer as trade representative
Trump names China critic Robert Lighthizer as trade representative
Published: 2017/01/04
Channel: CGTN
VP Pence Participates in a Swearing in Ceremony for US  Trade Rep  Robert Lighthizer. May 15, 2017.
VP Pence Participates in a Swearing in Ceremony for US Trade Rep Robert Lighthizer. May 15, 2017.
Published: 2017/05/15
Channel: CHANNEL90seconds newscom
Portman Discusses Trade Policy with USTR Lighthizer
Portman Discusses Trade Policy with USTR Lighthizer
Published: 2017/06/21
Channel: SenRobPortman
#Coordenadas: Robert Lighthizer, un negociador duro que buscará una solución benefica en el TLCAN
#Coordenadas: Robert Lighthizer, un negociador duro que buscará una solución benefica en el TLCAN
Published: 2017/05/12
Channel: El Financiero Bloomberg
VP PENCE SWEARING IN US TRADE REP ROBERT LIGHTHIZER !!!
VP PENCE SWEARING IN US TRADE REP ROBERT LIGHTHIZER !!!
Published: 2017/05/15
Channel: GORF
Rep.  Renacci discusses U.S. Trade Policy with U.S.  Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer
Rep. Renacci discusses U.S. Trade Policy with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer
Published: 2017/06/22
Channel: Congressman Jim Renacci
Donald Trump nomina a Robert E. Lighthizer como representante comercial
Donald Trump nomina a Robert E. Lighthizer como representante comercial
Published: 2017/01/03
Channel: Univision Noticias
News Wrap: Veteran of Reagan administration tapped for trade representative
News Wrap: Veteran of Reagan administration tapped for trade representative
Published: 2017/01/04
Channel: PBS NewsHour
Smith Questions USTR Lighthizer on Agriculture Trade Priorities
Smith Questions USTR Lighthizer on Agriculture Trade Priorities
Published: 2017/06/22
Channel: RepAdrianSmith
Ways and Means Hearing with Ambassador Lighthizer
Ways and Means Hearing with Ambassador Lighthizer
Published: 2017/06/22
Channel: repdavereichert
Donald Trump anticipated that would name Robert Lighthizer as top exchange representative video 1004
Donald Trump anticipated that would name Robert Lighthizer as top exchange representative video 1004
Published: 2017/07/11
Channel: Daily News
Trade deal a good first step in US relations with China?
Trade deal a good first step in US relations with China?
Published: 2017/05/12
Channel: Fox Business
#LaHoraTrump Robert Lighthizer representante de comercio de los Estados Unidos
#LaHoraTrump Robert Lighthizer representante de comercio de los Estados Unidos
Published: 2017/01/20
Channel: Proyecto40 Informativos
Trump
Trump's U.S. Trade Representative Pick Is Lighthizer
Published: 2017/01/03
Channel: Wochit News
Rice Questions USTR Lighthizer on Making America Competitive
Rice Questions USTR Lighthizer on Making America Competitive
Published: 2017/06/22
Channel: Rep. Tom Rice
Donald Trump anticipated that would name Robert Lighthizer as top exchange represen174 Today youtube
Donald Trump anticipated that would name Robert Lighthizer as top exchange represen174 Today youtube
Published: 2017/07/05
Channel: Monika Dahiya
EE.UU. publica objetivos de la renegociación del TLC, el análisis en Despierta - Despierta con Loret
EE.UU. publica objetivos de la renegociación del TLC, el análisis en Despierta - Despierta con Loret
Published: 2017/07/18
Channel: Noticieros Televisa
Ranking Member Neal
Ranking Member Neal's Opening Statement at Hearing with US Trade Representative Lighthizer
Published: 2017/06/22
Channel: RepRichardENeal
U.S. trade chief warns China
U.S. trade chief warns China's market status may bring 'cataclysmic' consequences for WTO
Published: 2017/06/22
Channel: ARIRANG NEWS
(EN ESPAÑOL) El vicepresidente Pence participa en la juramentación de Robert Lighthizer (05/15/17)
(EN ESPAÑOL) El vicepresidente Pence participa en la juramentación de Robert Lighthizer (05/15/17)
Published: 2017/05/17
Channel: SAP Online
Primer ronda de renegociacion del TLCAN
Primer ronda de renegociacion del TLCAN
Published: 2017/07/19
Channel: Excélsior TV
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Robert Lighthizer
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18th United States Trade Representative
Assumed office
May 15, 2017
President Donald Trump
Preceded by Michael Froman
Personal details
Born Robert Emmet Lighthizer
(1947-10-11) October 11, 1947 (age 69)
Ashtabula, Ohio, U.S.
Political party Republican
Education Georgetown University (BA, JD)
Website www.ustr.gov

Robert Emmet "Bob" Lighthizer (born October 11, 1947)[1] is an American lawyer and the current United States Trade Representative.[2] After receiving both his undergraduate and law degrees from Georgetown University, Lighthizer joined the law firm of Covington & Burling. He later served as chief minority counsel and chief counsel and staff director for the United States Senate Committee on Finance. In 1983, during the Reagan administration, he became deputy trade representative. Lighthizer was a partner with the law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.

On January 2, 2017, President Donald Trump announced that he planned to nominate Lighthizer as U.S. Trade Representative, a cabinet-level position. Four months later, on May 11, 2017, he was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in a 82–14 vote.[3] His confirmation jumpstarted President Trump's NAFTA renegotiation process.[4][5]

Early life and education[edit]

Lighthizer was born in Ashtabula, Ohio.[6] He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1969 and a Juris Doctor in 1973 from Georgetown University.[6]

Career[edit]

From 1973 to 1978, before working in government, Lighthizer worked for the Washington, D.C. law firm of Covington & Burling.[6][1]

From 1978 to 1981, he was chief minority counsel for the United States Senate Committee on Finance.[1]

In 1981, Lighthizer became the chief counsel and staff director for the United States Senate Committee on Finance.[1] In the 1980s, he hired Patrick Ewing as an intern.[7]

In 1983, during the administration of President Ronald Reagan, he became deputy trade representative.[1][8] He negotiated two dozen bilateral international agreements on subjects ranging from steel to grain.[8]

In 1985, Lighthizer negotiated on behalf of Brazil in a trade dispute with the United States over ethanol.[9] Between 1985 and 1990, Lighthizer represented five foreign clients.[9] According to filings with the United States International Trade Commission, Lighthizer represented an enterprise controlled by the government of China in a trade dispute with the United States in 1991.[10]

Lighthizer is a partner with the law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, where he works to gain access to foreign markets on behalf of U.S. corporations.[11]

He has been a long time supporter of the U.S. steel industry.[12] He convinced Japan, South Korea, Mexico, and the United Kingdom to accept “voluntary restraint agreements” to limit the amount of cheap steel they could dump on the U.S. market.[13]

U.S. Trade Representative[edit]

Robert Lighthizer meets with former Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee (and current Judiciary Committee Chairman) Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) in January 2017

On January 2, 2017, Donald Trump announced that he planned to nominate Lighthizer as U.S. Trade Representative, a cabinet-level position.[2] Due to Lighthizer's prior representation of foreign governments with a trade dispute with the United States,[14] he needed to obtain a special waiver to bypass the Lobbying Disclosure Act. The waiver had to pass through Congress and receive the president's signature. Congress waived the ban for Charlene Barshefsky, President Clinton's choice for Trade Representative in 1997.[15][16]

Lighthizer was confirmed as U.S. Trade Representative on May 11, 2017, by a margin of 82–14.[17] He was sworn in by Vice President Mike Pence on May 15, 2017.[18]

Political views[edit]

Tariffs[edit]

Lighthizer wrote that using tariffs to promote American industry was a Republican tenet dating back to the pro-business politicians who established the party.[19]

Trade with China[edit]

Lighthizer has accused China of unfair trade practices.[2] He wrote: “The icon of modern conservatism, Ronald Reagan, imposed quotas on imported steel, protected Harley-Davidson from Japanese competition, restrained import of semiconductors and automobiles, and took myriad similar steps to keep American industry strong. How does allowing China to constantly rig trade in its favor advance the core conservative goal of making markets more efficient? Markets do not run better when manufacturing shifts to China largely because of the actions of its government.”[2]

Lighthizer suggested that the U.S. should bring more cases against China for failure to comply with the regulations of the World Trade Organization. In testimony before the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission in 2010, Lighthizer stated that "USTR (U.S. Trade Representative) should pursue WTO litigation with respect to all such examples of non-compliance. If necessary, Congress should give USTR additional resources to increase its ability".[12]

Negotiating[edit]

Lighthizer has stated "I try to be friendly in negotiations. I'm not the theatrical type. The art of persuasion is knowing where the leverage is".[6]

Personal life[edit]

Lighthizer lives in Rockville, Maryland[1] and has two children.[1][7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Ronald Reagan: Nomination of Robert Emmet Lighthizer To Be a Deputy United States Trade Representative
  2. ^ a b c d Jennifer Jacobs (January 2, 2017). "Trump Taps China Critic Lighthizer for U.S. Trade Representative". Bloomberg L.P. 
  3. ^ "Roll Call vote PN42". United States Senate. 2017-05-11. Retrieved 2017-05-15. 
  4. ^ Panetta, Alexander (2017-05-11). "Trump trade czar now in place, wins Senate vote, sets up NAFTA process". CTVNews. Retrieved 2017-05-11. 
  5. ^ Appelbaum, Binyamin; Thrush, Glenn (2017-04-27). "Trump’s Day of Hardball and Confusion on Nafta". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-05-11. 
  6. ^ a b c d SUSAN F. RASKY (September 30, 1984). "THE STEEL TRADE NEGOTIATIONS; THE EXPERTS WHO WILL FORGE THE NEW QUOTAS". New York Times. 
  7. ^ a b Anne Swardson (January 19, 1987). "ROBERT E. LIGHTHIZER". Washington Post. 
  8. ^ a b "Robert E. Lighthizer". Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. 
  9. ^ a b Bill Allison (January 25, 2017). "Trump’s Trade Pick May Face Hurdle Over Past Lobbying for Brazil". Bloomberg L.P. 
  10. ^ "Lighthizer’s turn in the hot seat". POLITICO. Retrieved 2017-03-12. 
  11. ^ MARA LIASSON (January 3, 2017). "Trump Picks Robert Lighthizer To Be U.S. Trade Representative". NPR. 
  12. ^ a b Estelle Tran (January 5, 2017). "STEEL INDUSTRY CHEERS NOMINATION OF LIGHTHIZER AS US TRADE REPRESENTATIVE". Platts. 
  13. ^ David Francis (January 9, 2017). "Trump’s New Trade Guru May Actually Be the Adult in the Room". Foreign Policy Magazine. 
  14. ^ Evans, Woody. "NewsBreaks: President Nominates Intellectual Property Advocate as Trade Rep". Retrieved 2017-03-21. 
  15. ^ "Trump Trade Nominee Lighthizer Needs Waiver Over Work for China and Brazil". Bloomberg.com. 2017-02-15. Retrieved 2017-03-12. 
  16. ^ "Morning Trade: Lighthizer ally named general counsel, acting USTR". The Agenda. Retrieved 2017-03-12. 
  17. ^ Mayeda, Andrew (May 11, 2017). "Lighthizer Approval as Trade Rep Paves Way for Nafta Talks". Bloomberg Politics. Retrieved 11 May 2017. 
  18. ^ Robert Lighthizer sworn in as US Trade Representative. Washington Post, May 15, 2017
  19. ^ Robert E. Lighthizer (May 9, 2011). "LIGHTHIZER: Donald Trump is no liberal on trade". Washington Times. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Michael Froman
United States Trade Representative
2017–present
Incumbent

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