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Jeff Emerson is the Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Public & Media Affairs. In this role, Mr. Emerson is responsible for the external communication of USTR activities, policies and positions, including public affairs operations and a media relations team. Mr. Emerson comes to USTR from the House Financial Services Committee, where he served for seven years as the committee’s top communications staffer under two chairmen, Congressman Jeb Hensarling of Texas and Congressman Spencer Bachus of Alabama. Before that, Mr. Emerson was the Communications Director for Governor Bob Riley of Alabama and a former Chief of Staff and Press Secretary on Capitol Hill. He received his bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Political Science from the University of Alabama.