Washington – President Biden announced his three nominees to join the United States Postal Service Board of Governors on Wednesday, the first step for the board to potentially oust controversial Postmaster General Louis DeJoy. There are currently three vacancies on the nine-member board, and the existing six members were appointed by former President Donald Trump.
Mr. Biden has chosen Anton Hajjar, former General Counsel for the American Postal Workers Union; Amber McReynolds, voting rights activist and executive director of the National Vote at Home Institute; and Ron Stroman, who recently retired as deputy general manager of the post office. If confirmed by the Senate, Democrats would have a majority on the board, which currently has four Republicans and two Democrats.
DeJoy appeared in a hearing before the House Oversight and Reform Committee on Wednesday, where Democrats questioned him at theduring the summer, amid the coronavirus pandemic and an increase in voting by mail before the November elections. DeJoy told committee members that his future plans for the agency could include delaying the delivery of first-class mail.
Democratic lawmakers have called for the board to remove DeJoy. In a controversial exchange with Democratic Congressman Jim Cooper on Wednesday, DeJoy noted that he was “selected by a bipartisan board of governors” and said he would remain postmaster general for a “long time.”
“Get used to me,” DeJoy said. However, if Biden’s nominees are confirmed, the Democratic majority will have the votes to remove DeJoy.
Biden’s nominees would also diversify the board, as the current six board members are white and male. During Wednesday’s hearing, Democratic Congresswoman Cori Bush said the board “looks like a millionaire white boys club.” The current members are primarily businessmen, including three investment bankers. DeJoy, who was elected by the board in April 2020, was previously the executive of a shipping company.
Congresswoman Alma Adams, who last week led a letter signed by 79 other Democrats asking Biden to fill existing vacancies on the board, said in a statement that she was “delighted that he responded to our call to fill the vacancies.”
“A truly nonpartisan Board of Governors will be able to partner with Congressional leaders on reforms necessary to maintain the long-term health of the USPS and identify immediate problems to be resolved through decisive action,” he said. “President Biden’s nominees to the Board of Governors are passionate and skilled advocates who will better rebuild the USPS, and I encourage the United States Senate to act quickly to confirm them.”