USPS Regains a Functioning Governing Board for the First Time in Five Years

The Senate on Thursday approved three nominees appointed by President Trump to the U.S. Postal Service’s governing board, reinstating a quorum on the panel for the first time since 2014.

The chamber unanimously confirmed Ron Bloom, a former union consultant and an appointee of President Obama; Roman Martinez IV, a former investment banker and Republican operative; and John McLeod Barger, an investor with experience running a board in Los Angeles County, to serve on the board.

In 2014 just before the board lost its quorum, it voted to create a “temporary emergency committee” that could carry out its tasks to make business decisions and set the long-term vision for the agency. That committee has remained in operation ever since. Until recently, the board had no Senate-confirmed members and only the postmaster general and her deputy sat on the emergency panel. Bloom, Martinez and Barger will now join David Williams and Robert Duncan on the board as presidentially-appointed governors.

Dave Partenheimer, a USPS spokesman, said the agency was pleased to have the new board members.

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