ITC commissioners begin new terms
Charlotte Lane and Daniel Pearson began full terms on the U.S. International Trade Commission after a swearing-in ceremony last week.
Both have been serving on the agency since the second half of 2003, when they were appointed by President Bush without confirmation to fill vacancies while the Senate was in recess. The Senate confirmed them for their new terms on Nov. 21.
Lane will serve through 2009, and Pearson until the middle of 2011.
Pearson was assistant vice president of public affairs for Cargill Inc., a major producer of agricultural commodities. There he focused on trade policy issues, including the World Trade Organization agricultural negotiations, accession by China and other countries to the WTO, market reforms for the oilseed sector, the U.S.-Mexico sweetener dispute and the effects of domestic agricultural policies on U.S. competitiveness.
Lane is a former chairman of the West Virginia Public Service Commission.
The International Trade Commission is a fact-finding agency that determines the impact of imports on U.S. industries and directs retaliation against unfair trade practices.