President-elect Joe Biden’s nomination of Katherine Tai as the U.S. Trade Representative has won the praise of Reps. Andy Kim (D-Moorestown) and Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-Paterson).
“I am especially proud to see a member of the Asian American and Pacific Islander community in such a prominent leadership role in the incoming administration,” said Kim, the first Asian American to win a congressional seat in New Jersey. “President-elect Biden has sought to put together a Cabinet that reflects the true diversity of America, and AAPI representation is critical to achieving that end.”
Tai is the chief counsel to the House Ways and Means Committee. She worked in the U.S. Trade Representative’s Office of the General Counsel during the Bush and Obama presidencies, where she was in charge of enforcing trade agreements with China.
“Having had the privilege of working closely with Katherine Tai for years, I am delighted by the news of her expected nomination,” said Pascrell. “Katherine is a brilliant, forward-looking, and strategic thinker. She will bring both thoughtful and aggressive leadership that will build on her predecessor’s relationship with Congress.”
Pascrell said that Tai “will advocate for trade policies guided by protecting American workers and our environment.”
“I know the Ways and Means Committee will dearly miss Katherine’s expertise, but I take solace knowing she’s obligated to come back at least once each year to brief us on the Administration’s trade policy agenda.”
Kim said that Tai “brings an expertise to a job that is critical in shaping America’s role in our global economy and the impact it has on working families throughout our country.”
“I look forward to working with Katherine once confirmed and working with the Biden Administration to lift up more voices of the APPI community to positions of power,” said Kim.
This story was updated at 7:51 PM with comment from Pascrell.