|United States Trade Representative|
March 2, 2017 – May 15, 2017
|Preceded by||María Pagán (Acting)|
|Succeeded by||Robert Lighthizer|
|Born||Paducah, Kentucky, U.S.|
|Education||Vanderbilt University (BA)|
Yale University (JD)
Vaughn worked at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom representing U.S. Steel. In 2016, he became a partner at King & Spalding international trade group. He focused on international trade litigation and policy issues. He represented United States producers such as U.S. Steel and AK Steel.
Vaughn served on President Donald Trump's landing team to the Office of the United States Trade Representative. Vaughn and official nominee Robert Lighthizer have worked together representing steel manufacturers in the past at Skadden Arps.
On March 2, 2017, due to the U.S. Senate's delay in confirming USTR nominee Robert Lighthizer, Trump appointed Vaughn to the position of USTR general counsel and elevated him to acting USTR. Vaughn's appointment was likely the first time that someone from outside the department was appointed as acting USTR. These appointments did not require Senate confirmation.
On April 22, 2019, the USTR announced Vaughn would resign his position in the coming weeks.
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- "Trump packs trade team with veterans of steel wars with China". Reuters. 2016-12-13. Retrieved 2017-03-12.
- "USTR names new general counsel to replace departing Vaughn". Reuters. April 22, 2019. Retrieved April 22, 2019.
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