The President today announced his intention to nominate Robert Emmet Lighthizer to be a Deputy United States Trade Representative, with the rank of Ambassador. This is a new position.
Since 1981 Mr. Lighthizer has been serving as chief counsel and staff director for the United States Senate Committee on Finance. Previously he was chief minority counsel for the United States Senate Committee on Finance in 1978-1981. He was an associate of the law firm of Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C., in 1973-1978. He served as chairman of the Federal Bar Association Federal Practice Committee in 1975-1978.
Mr. Lighthizer graduated from Georgetown University (B.A., 1969) and Georgetown University Law Center (J.D., 1973). He is married, has two children, and resides in Rockville, Md. He was born October 11, 1947, in Ashtabula, Ohio.