Newest PRC Commissioners Discuss Their New Roles

Earlier this summer, the Senate confirmed the nominations of Ann Fisher and Ashley Poling to the Postal Regulatory Commission. These newest members have extensive postal and legislative experience; both served on the staffs of senators who sat on the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

Fisher, a Republican, served on the staff of the late Thad Cochran (R-MS), former Sen. Larry Pressler (R-SD) and Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME). She also worked in the Postal Service’s Government Relations Department and, for the past 12 years, at the PRC. At the confirmation hearing, Fisher was introduced by Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE).

Poling, a Democrat, worked for Sens. John Tester (D-MT), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) and Gary Peters (D-MI). She was introduced by Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC). Poling, with John Kane, Carper’s senior policy adviser, talked to NAPS delegates at the 2018 LTS about the challenges of formulating postal reform legislation.

NAPS Director of Legislative & Political Affairs Bob Levi interviewed the new commissioners on Sept. 12 for his weekly NAPS Chat podcast. He asked the women how it felt to be introduced at their confirmation hearing by a member of the opposite party. Fisher said it was an honor to have been recommended by Carper. Poling said it was unique, but shows that postal issues are bipartisan issues; they touch everyone across the country, no matter the party.

“It’s symbolic of how important this issue is for everyone,” she said. Fisher and Poling were referred to by Carper and Meadows as experts in the postal field, which can be considered a rather “boutique” area of legislation. Levi asked how working in the Senate prepared them for their new positions.

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