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Office of the United States Trade Representative
Seal of the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative
Flag of the United States Trade Representative.svg
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Agency overview
Formed 1962
Preceding agency
  • Office of the Special Trade Representative
Headquarters Winder Building 600 17th St. NW Washington, D.C.
Employees 200
Agency executives
  • Robert Lighthizer, U.S. Trade Representative
  • Robert Holleyman, Deputy U.S. Trade Representative
  • Michael Punke, Deputy U.S. Trade Representative (Geneva)
Parent agency Executive Office of the President of the United States
Annual Special 301 Report countries
     Priority Foreign Country      Priority Watch List      Watch List      Section 306 Monitoring      Out-of-Cycle Review/Status Pending

The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is the United States government agency responsible for developing and recommending United States trade policy to the President of the United States.

It makes trade negotiations at bilateral and multilateral levels, and coordinating trade policy within the government through the interagency Trade Policy Staff Committee (TPSC) and Trade Policy Review Group (TPRG).

Lawyer Robert Lighthizer is the 18th and current U.S. Trade Representative as of May 2017.

List of United States Trade Representatives

Portrait Officeholder Term start Term end President
Christian Archibald Herter (politician).jpg Christian Herter December 10, 1962 December 30, 1966 John F. Kennedy
Lyndon Johnson
No image.svg William Roth March 24, 1967 January 20, 1969
No image.svg Carl Gilbert August 6, 1969 September 21, 1971 Richard Nixon
No image.svg William Eberle November 12, 1971 December 24, 1974
FrederickBailyDent.jpg Frederick Dent March 26, 1975 January 20, 1977 Gerald Ford
RobertStrauss.jpg Robert Strauss March 30, 1977 August 17, 1979 Jimmy Carter
ReubinAskew.JPG Reubin Askew October 1, 1979 December 31, 1980
Bill brock.jpg Bill Brock January 2, 1980 April 29, 1985 Ronald Reagan
Clayton Keith Yeutter, 1990-04-24.jpg Clayton Yeutter July 1, 1985 January 20, 1989
Carla A. Hills official portrait.jpg Carla Hills February 6, 1989 January 20, 1993 George H. W. Bush
MichaelKantor.jpg Mickey Kantor January 22, 1993 April 12, 1996 Bill Clinton
Charlene Barshefsky official portrait.jpg Charlene Barshefsky
Acting: 1996–1997
April 12, 1996 January 20, 2001
Zoellick, Robert (official portrait 2008).jpg Robert Zoellick January 20, 2001 February 22, 2005 George W. Bush
Rob Portman official photo.jpg Rob Portman May 17, 2005 May 29, 2006
Susan Schwab, USTR official photo.jpg Susan Schwab June 8, 2006 January 20, 2009
Ron Kirk official portrait.jpg Ron Kirk March 18, 2009 March 15, 2013 Barack Obama
DemetriosMarantis.jpg Demetrios Marantis
March 15, 2013 May 23, 2013
Miriam Sapiro official portrait.jpg Miriam Sapiro
May 23, 2013 June 21, 2013
Michael Froman official portrait.jpg Michael Froman June 21, 2013 January 20, 2017
No image.svg Maria Pagan
January 20, 2017 March 1, 2017 Donald Trump
No image.svg Stephen Vaughn
March 2, 2017 May 15, 2017
Robert E. Lighthizer official portrait.jpg Robert Lighthizer May 15, 2017 Incumbent
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