Katherine Tai, U.S. Trade Representative

Katherine Tai

U.S. Trade Representative

Katherine Chi Tai was born in March 1974 in Connecticut. She grew up in Washington, D.C. She earned an undergraduate degree from Yale University. She earned a Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School. She clerked at U.S. District Courts in Washington, D.C., and in Maryland. She entered the private practice of law.

Tai spent seven years in the office of the General Counsel for the U.S. Trade Representative, becoming chief counsel for China trade enforcement. She became counsel for the House Ways and Means Committee, later becoming chief trade counsel.

Tai was nominated by President Joe Biden to be the U.S. Trade Representative. She was confirmed by a unanimous vote in the Senate and received her commission in March 2021.

She is married to Robert Riley Skidmore. She is fluent in Mandarin.

In the News…

The U.S. Trade Representative’s 2023 National Trade Estimate Report on Foreign Trade Barriers has outlined a comprehensive review of the barriers to American exports of goods and services. Significant barriers to U.S. foreign direct investment and economic commerce in key markets were also reviewed. 

In a press release, Trade Representative Katherine Tai said, “USTR is implementing President Biden’s worker-centered trade agenda to grow the economy from the bottom up and the middle out and deliver sustainable, inclusive prosperity for all.” 

She said the latest report “identifies a range of important challenges and priorities to guide the Biden Administration’s effort to craft trade policy that reflects our country’s values and builds a better America.” 

The report covers barriers to trade with over 64 markets which, when massed together, account for 99 percent of all U.S. goods and 66 percent of services trade.

Contact this Leader…

Did you pray for Ambassador Tai today? You can let her know at:

The Honorable Katherine Tai 
U.S. Trade Representative 
600 17th St NW 
Washington, DC 20508


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