Inhofe Votes to Confirm Lighthizer as USTR

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) voted to confirm Robert Lighthizer as U.S. Trade Representative. He was confirmed by a vote of 82–14.

Robert Lighthizer will play an important role as United States Trade Representative when it comes to upgrading U.S. trade agreements, including NAFTA,” Inhofe said. “Lighthizer will ensure that the United States gets a fair deal in accessing overseas markets. I am pleased the Senate has voted to confirm him. For years, Oklahoma’s agriculture producers as well as our oil and natural gas producers have benefited from the streamlined access to export markets and I urge Lighthizer to maintain this access. With an extensive background in trade law and a strong expertise in foreign markets, I believe Lighthizer will be very successful in this role.”