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Office of the United States Trade Representative

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The Office of the United States Trade Representative, or USTR, is an arm of the executive branch of the United States government. It is responsible for the United States' international trade policy at bilateral and multilateral levels.

The head of the office holds the title of United States Trade Representative, which is a Cabinet-level position (though not technically within the Cabinet). The current USTR is Representative Rob Portman (R-OH), who took over for acting USTR Peter F. Allgeier. On March 17, 2005, President George W. Bush nominated Congressman Portman as trade representative, and he was confirmed by the Senate April 29, 2005.

Since the early 1980s, the USTR has played a key role in the expansion of intellectual property laws worldwide.

List of United States Trade Representatives

NameFromToAppointed by
Christian A. Herter19621966John F. Kennedy
William M. Roth19671969Lyndon B. Johnson
Carl J. Gilbert19691971Richard M. Nixon
William D. Eberle19711975Richard M. Nixon
Frederick B. Dent19751977Gerald Ford
Robert S. Strauss19771979Jimmy Carter
Reubin O'Donovan Askew19791981Jimmy Carter
William E. Brock III19811985Ronald Reagan
Clayton K. Yeutter19851989Ronald Reagan
Carla A. Hills19891993George H. W. Bush
Mickey Kantor19931997Bill Clinton
Charlene Barshefsky19972001Bill Clinton
Robert Zoellick20012005George W. Bush
Peter F. Allgeier (Acting)20052005George W. Bush
Rob Portman2005George W. Bush

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