WASHINGTON - United States Trade Representative Susan C. Schwab today
announced that Timothy J. Keeler will be the Chief of Staff of USTR. Mr. Keeler
most recently served as Deputy to the Assistant Secretary for Legislative
Affairs at the Treasury Department.
"Tim Keeler has a tremendous background in trade related issues and will
bring considerable knowledge and skills to USTR," said Schwab. "As a veteran of
the Senate Finance Committee and the Treasury Department, he also has a unique
understanding of trade politics. I’m very pleased he’s joining the USTR
Timothy J. Keeler comes to the United States Trade Representative’s Office
after spending 5 years in two positions at the Department of Treasury. After
serving on the 2001 Presidential Transition Team as a policy coordinator for the
Commerce Department’s Bureau of Export Administration and the International
Trade Commission, Keeler joined the Treasury Department’s Office of Legislative
Affairs with responsibility for international issues. These included capital
market sanctions, foreign exchange rate policy testimony, authorizations of and
appropriations for U.S. agreements to replenish the Multilateral Development
Banks, and multilateral debt relief.
In September 2002, Keeler was appointed as the Deputy to the Assistant
Secretary for Legislative Affairs. His responsibilities included managing the
Office of Legislative Affairs for the Assistant Secretary and advising on all
personnel, policy, and legal issues. Keeler focused on leading Treasury nominees
through the U.S. Senate confirmation process; advising on Treasury Intelligence
matters; and contributing to the Treasury Secretary’s strategic planning. Keeler
has twice been awarded the Secretary’s Honor Award.
Prior to his time at Treasury and on the Presidential Transition team, he
served as a professional staff member for international trade on the U.S. Senate
Committee on Finance from 1998 to 2001. Here, Keeler worked on permanent normal
trade relations with China, preferential trade programs for Sub-Saharan Africa
and the Caribbean basin, and oversight of Executive Branch trade agencies.
Mr. Keeler holds a B.S.E. in Engineering Science from Tulane University in
New Orleans, LA and a Juris Doctor from the George Mason University School of
Law in Arlington, VA. He graduated Magna Cum Laude and was an Associate Editor
of the George Mason Law Review.