Robert Lighthizer, U.S. Trade Representative
Robert Lighthizer, USTR

AISI Applauds Senate Approval of Lighthizer as USTR

May 11, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Senate earlier today confirmed Robert Lighthizer as the next United States Trade Representative (USTR) by a vote of 82-14. Thomas J. Gibson, president and CEO of the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) applauded the confirmation:

“We thank the Senate for confirming Bob Lighthizer, and look forward to working alongside him to combat the critical issues our industry faces like global steel overcapacity and unfair trade,” said Gibson. “Bob’s prior experience at the USTR, on Capitol Hill and as a trade attorney in private practice gives him a unique understanding of how to tackle these issues. AISI and our member companies are grateful to have Bob confirmed and stand ready to work with him on key trade policy issues for steel and manufacturing as a whole.”


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