Assistant U.S. Trade
Representative for Agricultural Affairs
James M. Murphy, Jr. is responsible for overseeing agricultural affairs at
USTR, a position he assumed in June 1997. His office coordinates U.S.
agricultural trade policy among all government agencies that deal with trade. He
also oversees agricultural issues in the negotiation of trade agreements with
In his twenty eight years at USTR, Mr. Murphy has served as Assistant U.S. Trade
Representative representing Japan, Europe and the Mediterranean, Latin America,
the Caribbean and Africa. Mr. Murphy has also led the U.S. delegation to the
trade committee before the Organization for Economic Cooperation and
Development. From 1978-79 Murphy served as Deputy Director, Office of
International Trade, at the Department of the Treasury.
Mr. Murphy has a Ph.D. and master’s degree from Claremont Graduate School,
Claremont, California, and a bachelor’s degree from Williams College.
He lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife and daughter.