The Senate committee that oversees the Postal Service held a hearing and later voted to recommend that the full Senate confirm them. The new Governors likely will join the next Board of Governors meeting on Friday, May 7 at 9 am ET. You can listen to the meeting live here, or listen to a recording starting three hours after the meeting ends.
Here are the current, with their term limits, and future USPS Governors:
Ron A. Bloom, Chair (D) – Dec 8, 2020 – in holdover year
Roman Martinez IV, Vice Chair (R) – Dec 8, 2024
John M. Barger (R) – Dec 8, 2021
Robert M. Duncan (R) – Dec 8, 2025
Donald L. Moak (D) – Dec 8, 2022
William D. Zollars (R) – Dec 8, 2022
Nominees – Approved by committee 4/28/21
Anton Hajjar (D) – former general counsel, American Postal Workers Union
Amber McReynolds (I) – CEO, National Vote at Home Institute, a nonprofit
Ron Stroman (D) – former Deputy Postmaster General
The fully staffed Governors, with four Republicans, four Democrats, and one independent, are unlikely to make significant changes to the USPS course in the near term. The current Governors fully stand behind Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, and the nominees expressed general support for his ten-year plan at the hearing. The only misgivings they hinted at were related to the reductions in service for First Class and Periodicals Mail, as it relates to the universal service mission of the agency.
The new Governors do bring with them much greater experience with postal affairs than the current members.