President Donald Trump announced his nomination of two Commissioners to the United States International Trade Commission (“ITC”) on September 28, 2017.
The two nominees are Dennis M. Devaney and Randolph J. Stayin. If approved, Devaney of Michigan will serve the remainder of a nine-year term expiring June 16, 2023, and Stayin of Virginia will serve the remainder of a nine-year term expiring June 16, 2026.
Devaney and Stayin were nominated to fill the Commissioner positions of Commissioners Kieff and Pinkert, who left the ITC this year. The ITC is headed by six Commissioners who are nominated by the President and confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Currently, the ITC is operating with only four out of six Commissioners. On October 2, 2017, the Senate received the nominations and referred them to the Committee on Finance.
Devaney is currently counsel at a law firm where he works on international trade matters as well as labor and employment issues. Devaney is a former Board Member of the National Labor Relations Board and former General Counsel for the Federal Labor Relations Authority. Devaney previously served as an ITC Commissioner in 2001 after being appointed by President Bill Clinton.
Stayin focused his legal practice on international trade policy and regulation. Earlier in his career he served as chief of staff to Senator Robert Taft, Jr., and was his trade advisor in negotiating the passage of the Trade Act of 1974. Stayin has represented clients before the ITC, the U.S. Department of Commerce, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, the Court of International Trade, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and NAFTA dispute panels.