WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Rob Portman (R-OH) today introduced Robert Lighthizer, President Trump’s nominee to serve as the U.S. Trade Representative, to the Senate Finance Committee, which is considering his nomination today.

If confirmed, Lighthizer will play a key role in forming U.S. trade policy and representing the U.S. in cases against foreign countries who cheat trade laws. Brown and Portman have pledged to work with Lighthizer if confirmed to help boost Ohio’s steel industry.

“Mr. Lighthizer is familiar with the industrial heartland of America,” said Brown. “He knows the steel industry inside and out. He understands how critical manufacturing is to our economy. He knows that for too long our failed trade policy has hurt Ohio communities and left too many American workers behind. And I look forward to working with him to chart a new trade agenda that puts American workers first.”

“Mr. Lighthizer brings decades of experience to the table, much of it helping to ensure that American workers aren’t hurt by foreign trade cheats,” said Portman. “As a former United States Trade Representative, I know that the position is critical to our efforts to level the playing field for American workers and to ensure that we have open markets abroad to grow jobs here at home. Mr. Lighthizer is well-equipped for the task, and I look forward to working with him as our next U.S. Trade Representative.”  

Brown and Portman have worked to give domestic industries the ability to fight unfair trade practices. In June 2015, the Leveling the Playing Field Act, introduced by Brown and cosponsored by Portman, was signed into law, ushering in the most significant changes to trade remedy law since 2002.