Statement on President-elect Biden Nomination of Katherine Tai as U.S. Trade Representative

Washington, D.C. — Today, Lori Lodes, executive director of Climate Power 2020, issued the following statement on Joe Biden’s decision to nominate Katherine Tai as U.S. Trade Representative:

“The president-elect continues to fortify his commitment to tackling climate change by appointing strong climate advocates like Katherine Tai. She is an experienced counsel, who understands the urgent threat posed by climate change and how fighting for climate protections is essential to future trade negotiations,” said Lori Lodes, executive director of Climate Power 2020. “With Tai’s leadership, the new administration will be poised to address global climate challenges and partner with other countries to establish long-lasting and effective environmental standards.”

Katherine Tai’s appointment will be instrumental as Biden acts on his climate mandate. Tai has a proven record of fighting for environmental, labor, and climate protections in trade deals – an experience will be critical to the future of U.S. trade relations that emphasize building a just and equitable economy. During her tenure as chief trade counsel for the House Ways and Means Committee, she pushed for significant labor and environmental standards during the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement negotiations. One of these efforts resulted in Title VIII of the agreement, which addresses environment monitoring and enforcement through emission standards, water conservation, air pollution standards, and renewable energy. 

Tai previously served as Chief Counsel for China Trade Enforcement at the U.S Trade Representative’s Office. If confirmed, she would be the first Asian-American and first woman of color to serve in this position.