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Reps Krishnamoorthi And Porter Request Information On Possible Political Motivations For Louis DeJoy’s Candidacy As Postmaster General

August 20, 2020
Press Release

SCHAUMBURG, IL – Today, Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi (IL-08) and Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45) wrote to John Barger of the US Postal Service Board of Governors requesting information regarding the selection of Louis DeJoy for the position of Postmaster General.  

“The appointment of Mr. Louis DeJoy as Postmaster General was highly irregular and we are concerned that his candidacy may have been influenced by political motivations,” the Members said. “We need to get to the bottom of why Mr. DeJoy was considered, given that he apparently was not one of the candidates recommended by the firm contracted to make such recommendations, and did not undergo a background check as was urged by then Inspector General and Vice Chairman of the USPS Board of Governors David Williams.”

According to individuals familiar with the process, while the executive hiring firm Russell Reynolds Associates was contracted to research and recommend a candidate to the United States Postal Service (USPS) Board of Governors for the position of Postmaster General, Mr. Louis DeJoy was never one of the candidates it recommended. 

Rather, DeJoy was introduced by Mr. Barger to the selection committee without the firm’s consultation. When the Former Inspector General of the USPS and Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors, David Williams, expressed concerns about DeJoy’s candidacy and urged a background investigation, his recommendations were ignored. 

The text of the letter can be found here