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By Len Bracken
International trade lawyer Jamieson Greer will serve as the chief of staff at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer announced June 15.
Greer comes most recently from Kirkland & Ellis, LLP, but before that practiced law at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP, the firm where Lighthizer practiced law prior to assuming the USTR slot.
General Counsel Stephen Vaughn, most recently with King & Spalding, LLP, also worked for Skadden, Arps, as did newly named deputy chief of staff for operations, Pamela Marcus.
The nomination of Jeffrey Gerrish, the current head of Skadden’s international trade practice, to serve as deputy USTR, is pending Senate confirmation.
The Senate Finance Committee announced June 14 that Lighthizer will testify June 21 on the administration’s trade policy agenda and examine USTR’s budget request for fiscal year 2018. He will discuss the trade agenda with the House Ways and Means Committee June 22.
But an expected Senate Finance hearing has yet to be slated for Gerrish on his appointment as deputy trade representative for Asia, Europe, the Middle East.
The White House still needs to name picks for two other deputy slots and for the positions of chief agricultural negotiator and chief intellectual property negotiator, which also require Senate confirmation.
Two of the senior USTR staff members named June 15 come from the office of former Alabama senator and current Attorney General Jeff Sessions: Deputy Chief of Staff Payne Griffin and Assistant USTR for Congressional Affairs Christopher Jackson.
The deputy assistant USTR for congressional affairs, Cameron Bishop, worked for several Georgia and Alabama House members prior to joining USTR.
The former Obama administration USTR general counsel, Timothy Reif, is now a senior adviser to the current USTR, the announcement said.
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