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Public Papers - 1989

Nomination of Rufus Hawkins Yerxa To Be a Deputy United States Trade Representative


The President today announced his intention to nominate Rufus Hawkins Yerxa to be Deputy United States Trade Representative, with the rank of Ambassador. He would succeed Michael A. Samuels.

Mr. Yerxa is the assistant chief counsel of the Committee on Ways and Means, U.S. House of Representatives, and has been the staff director of the Subcommittee on Trade, since 1984. Mr. Yerxa joined the Committee as a professional staff member in 1981. From 1977 to 1981, he was a legal adviser for the U.S. International Trade Commission.

Mr. Yerxa received his undergraduate degree from the University of Washington, his law degree from the University of Puget Sound, and a master's degree in international law from Cambridge University in England.

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