Washington – President Biden announced three nominees for him to join the United States Postal Service Board of Governors on Wednesday, the board’s first step to ousting controversial General Manager Louis Deguy. There are currently three vacancies on the nine-member board of directors, and all six of the current members have been appointed by former President Donald Trump.
Biden chose Anton Hajjar, former general counsel of the American Postal Workers’ Union. Amber McReynolds, voting rights activist and CEO of the National Vote at Home Institute; And Ron Strowman, who recently retired as deputy postmaster. If confirmed by the Senate, the Democrats would have a majority on the board, which currently includes four Republicans and two Democrats.
DeJoy appeared at a hearing before the House Oversight and Reform Committee on Wednesday, where Democrats questioned him about theOver the summer, amid the coronavirus pandemic, mail-order voting escalated ahead of the November elections. DeJoy told committee members that his future plans for the agency may include slowing delivery of first-class mail.
Democratic lawmakers called on the board to fire DeJoy. In a controversial conversation with Democratic congressman Jim Cooper on Wednesday, DeJoy indicated that he was “chosen by a bipartisan board of governors” and said he would remain Director General of Post “for a long time.”
“You get used to me,” said Digoy. However, if Mr. Biden’s two candidates are confirmed, the Democratic majority will receive votes to remove DeJoy.
Biden nominees will also diversify the board of directors, as all six current board members are white and male. During the hearing on Wednesday, Democratic Congresswoman Corey Bush said the board of directors is “like a millionaire club for white boys.” The current members are primarily businessmen, including three investment bankers. DeJoy, chosen by the board of directors in April 2020, was previously CEO of a shipping company.
Congresswoman Alma Adams, who last week led a Message Another 79 Democrats signed an invitation to Mr. Biden to fill vacancies on the board of directors, and said in a statement that she was “thrilled that he answered our call to fill the vacancies.”
“A truly nonpartisan governing body will be able to partner with congressional leaders on the reforms necessary to preserve USPS health in the long term, and to identify urgent issues to be resolved through decisive action,” she said. “President Biden’s nominees for the Board of Governors are enthusiastic and qualified advocates who will better restore USPS, and I encourage the US Senate to act quickly to assure them.”