Senators of both parties praised Tai’s experience as Congressional staff and USTRs enforcement chief for China during the Obama administration.

Katherine Tai is just the kind of qualified and mainstream person who is positioned to serve President Biden and the country quite well,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said on the Senate floor before the confirmation vote. “That is why she received broad bipartisan support from the Finance Committee and why the vote to advance her nomination yesterday was 98-0.”

Historic confirmation: Tai, 46, enters the administration as the first Asian American in Bidens Cabinet and the first woman of color to hold the trade representative post. She’s also the first trade representative since the George W. Bush administration to be approved unanimously by the Senate, though the nominees from Presidents Obama and Trump were also approved by wide margins.

Tariff talks with EU: The vote places Tai at the center of ongoing trade disputes with U.S. allies and adversaries. In early March, the Biden administration announced it would lift

some tariffs former President Donald Trump imposed on the European Union

for four months to allow both sides to negotiate an agreement to end a 17-year dispute over aircraft subsidies.

China trade review: In Asia, Tai will play a key role in the White Houses review of Trumps trade policies, including tariffs on Chinese steel, aluminum and consumer goods, as well as the so-called Phase One trade deal, whose commitments Beijing has still not met.

The administration has refused to say how it will handle China beyond general pledges to stay tough on the ruling Communist Party. The issue is fraught with domestic politics, pitting American importers who are desperate for tariff relief against labor unions and U.S. steel producers in critical Midwestern swing states, who want the duties to stay in place.

TPP redux: Tai will also be an important influence on the administrations decision whether to reopen Asia-Pacific talks on a trade deal to replace the Trans-Pacific Partnership, from which Trump withdrew U.S. participation. Moderate Democrats and some industry interests are already pushing the White House to restart those negotiations, but Tai has refused to commit. During her nomination hearing, she told senators that the TPP was a solid formula to contain China, but that the world has changed since the U.S. left it.

Issues with neighbors: Tai will also face immediate decisions close to home, like how to handle a dairy enforcement case the Trump administration brought against Canada under the updated NAFTA, and whether to initiate a labor enforcement action against Mexico called for by U.S. unions.

Battery blues: Shell also have to decide whether to recommend that Biden overturn a recent International Trade Commission ruling against a South Korean batterymaker that threatens its new factory being built in Georgia. Republican Gov. Brian Kemp has asked the president to reverse the ruling, something not done since 2013, and federal law designates USTR as the agency responsible for the policy review.

Goodwill to start: No matter how Tai and the White House handle those trade issues, their decisions are likely to anger either foreign allies or domestic industries

that Biden hopes to court during his term. But Tai will enter the fray with broad support from industry, labor and environmentalists

, earned during her role shepherding the Congressional negotiations for the updated NAFTA trade deal signed last year.