WASHINGTON – U.S.
Trade Representative Rob Portman today announced Justin J. McCarthy will lead
the Congressional Affairs team at USTR. Since September 2005, Mr. McCarthy has
served as Assistant USTR for Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Liaison.
"My goal is to actively involve House Members and Senators from both sides of
the aisle in the trade agenda. Justin’s work on Capitol Hill and his successes
in the private sector have demonstrated his effectiveness in working with
Congress," said Portman. "We intensively consult with Congress on a bipartisan
basis, and I know Justin will continue to prioritize this important
communication between USTR and Capitol Hill."
Justin McCarthy –
Assistant USTR for Congressional Affairs
In this role, Mr. McCarthy will now be responsible for overseeing
Congressional consultations and outreach. Mr. McCarthy first joined the USTR
team last fall to head up domestic outreach efforts to state and local
governments, the business and agricultural communities, labor, environmental and
consumer groups and advancing USTR priorities at external events.
Since 2003, Mr. McCarthy has served as Director of Government Relations for
Pfizer. Prior to that, he was Assistant Director of Government Relations
(2001-2003). During his time at Pfizer, Mr. McCarthy was responsible for
international trade, intellectual property and tax issues. In addition to his
corporate responsibilities, Mr. McCarthy served as Co-Chair of the Business
Coalition for U.S.-Central America Trade which was charged with ensuring
Congressional approval of DR-CAFTA.
Before joining Pfizer, Mr. McCarthy was Legislative Director for Mayer, Brown
& Platt's international trade practice (1998-2001). Mr. McCarthy also served
on the staff of Representative Thomas W. Ewing (R-IL) where he handled trade and
tax issues (1995-1998).
Mr. McCarthy earned a bachelor's degree in Political Science from Stonehill