Washington – President Biden announced his three nominees to join the U.S. Postal Service’s board on Wednesday, the first step for the board to oust the potentially controversial postmaster general, Louis Dejoy. There are currently three vacancies on the nine-member council, and the six existing members were appointed by former President Donald Trump.
Mr. Biden elected Anton Hajar, a former chief adviser to the American Postal Workers’ Union; Amber McReynolds, a voting rights activist and CEO of the National Home Voting Institute; and Ron Strawman, who recently retired as deputy general manager of the post office. If confirmed by the Senate, Democrats will have a majority on the board, which currently has four Republicans and two Democrats.
DeJoy appeared before the House of Ministers̵
Democrats called on the board to remove DeJoy. In a controversial exchange with Democratic Congressman Jim Cooper on Wednesday, DeJoy said he had been “elected by a bipartisan board” and said he would remain postmaster general for “a long time”.
“Get used to me,” DeJoy said. However, if Mr Biden’s candidates are confirmed, the Democratic majority will have the vote to remove DeJoy.
Mr Biden’s nominees will also diversify the board, as all six current board members are white and male. During a hearing Wednesday, Democratic Congressman Corey Bush said the board “looks like a club of white millionaire boys.” The current members are mostly businessmen, including three investment bankers. DeJoy, who was elected to the board in April 2020, was previously the CEO of a shipping company.
Congresswoman Alma Adams, who last week topped a letter signed by 79 other Democrats urging Mr Biden to fill the existing vacancies on the board, said in a statement that she was “happy to have responded to our call to fill the vacancies”.
“A true non-partisan board of governors will be able to partner with congressional leaders on the reforms needed to maintain the long-term health of the USPS and identify immediate issues to be addressed through decisive action,” she said. “President Biden’s nominees on the board are passionate, qualified lawyers who will better build the USPS, and I encourage the U.S. Senate to act quickly to confirm them.”