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…

U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai said that negotiations for the settlement of a World Trade Organization dispute are positive and showing progress. At the recent ministerial conference in Abu Dhabi, the U.S. trade representative referenced the process surrounding judges’ appointments to the Appellate Body and its overreach of authority.

“There is another set of issues that are going to be harder and take longer to address including what to do with this appeals mechanism and how to have a mechanism for review that doesn’t repeat the problems of the appellate body that came before it,” Representative Tai said. “We are looking forward to continuing this process after MC 13 and really tackling the much harder issues.”

She stated, “We have more work to do.”

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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