Randolph J. Stayin, a Republican of Virginia, was nominated to the USITC by President Trump on October 2, 2017; renominated on January 16, 2019; and confirmed by the U.S. Senate on August 1, 2019, for the Commission term expiring on June 16, 2026. He served as Vice Chair of the USITC from June 17, 2020, through June 16, 2022.
Prior to his USITC appointment, Commissioner Stayin had more than 40 years of litigation, legislative, and regulatory advocacy experience in international trade policy, trade law, and regulatory compliance. As an attorney in private practice, he represented clients in antidumping and countervailing duty proceedings, including investigations, sunset reviews, administrative reviews, scope reviews, and anti-circumvention investigations. In addition, global safeguard investigations under section 201, investigations of unfair trade practices under section 301, section 232 national security investigations, and investigations related to the Generalized System of Preferences were also significant in his practice. He has litigated appeals before the U.S. Court of International Trade, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) dispute resolution panels.
Commissioner Stayin is the former Chief of Staff and Director of Legislation to U.S. Senator Robert Taft, Jr., of Ohio. In this role, he led key legislative and political campaigns, advised on proposed legislation and policy implementation, served as the Senator’s lead adviser in negotiating the passage of the Trade Act of 1974, and managed the Senator’s legislative, political, and support staffs on Capitol Hill and in Ohio.
Prior to his confirmation, Commissioner Stayin also maintained a nonprofit trade association consulting practice, advising clients on a range of nonprofit issues, including legislation, policy, trade, contracts, corporation, employment, technical standards, and antitrust matters.
Commissioner Stayin holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Dartmouth College and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Cincinnati Law School. He is originally from Cincinnati, Ohio. He resides with his wife, Sharon, in Alexandria, VA, and has three children: Gregory, Todd, and Elizabeth.
The USITC is an independent, nonpartisan, quasi-judicial federal agency that makes determinations in proceedings involving imports claimed to injure a domestic industry or violate U.S. intellectual property rights; provides independent tariff, trade, and competitiveness-related analysis and information to the legislative and executive branches of government; and maintains the U.S. tariff schedule. The Chairman and the Vice Chairman are designated by the President for two-year terms in those positions.