Katherine Tai (1974 – )

Nominee for U.S. Trade Representative, 2021

Katherine Tai is President Biden’s nominee for United States Trade Representative. If confirmed, Tai would be the second Asian American woman to be named to a Cabinet-level position.

In 2017, Tai was appointed chief trade counsel for the United States House Committee on Ways and Means, which she has served on since 2014.

Tai helped direct the negotiations with the Trump administration on critical changes to the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement that replaced NAFTA.


Amy B. Wang and David J. Lynch, “Biden Selects Katherine Tai as U.S. Trade Representative,” Washington Post, n.d., https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2020/12/09/biden-selects-katherine-tai-us-trade-representative/.

Gavin Bade, “‘Everyone Likes Katherine Tai’: House Trade Lawyer Emerges as USTR Contender,” POLITICO, accessed January 11, 2021, https://www.politico.com/news/2020/11/19/katherine-tai-ustr-contender-437928.“Katherine Tai,” Ballotpedia, accessed January 11, 2021, https://ballotpedia.org/Katherine_Tai.

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