USPS Board of Governors nominee is former Mitt Romney adviser, pushed for privatizing Amtrak

imageLast week NALC reported that “Another Postal Board of Governors nomination announced.” The White House nominated Jeffrey A. Rosen to become a member of the Postal Service Board of Governors to serve a term expiring on Dec. 8, 2021. Surprisingly, not one  media outlet mentioned Mr. Rosen’s background (after this post is published watch for that oversight to change).

Here is the March 17, 2016 White House press release:

Jeffrey A. Rosen, Nominee for Governor, Board of Governors of the United States Postal Service

Jeffrey A. Rosen is a Senior Partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP, where he has worked since 1982, except six years of federal service.  Mr. Rosen was General Counsel and Senior Policy Advisor for the White House Office of Management and Budget from 2006 to 2009 and was General Counsel at the Department of Transportation from 2003 to 2006.  At Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Mr. Rosen has held positions of Associate, Partner, Co-Head of the Washington, D.C. office, and member of Kirkland’s Firmwide Management Committee.  He is the Chair of the American Bar Association’s Section of Administrative Law & Regulatory Practice, a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Government Operations, Oversight, and Consumer Affairs Committee, and a member of the Advisory Board of the National Federation of Independent Business Small Business Legal Center.  Mr. Rosen received a B.A. from Northwestern University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

It appears several positions were omitted from Jeffrey A. Rosen’s resume. For instance, Rosen’s resume did not include that he was a legal advisor to former presidential candidate Mitt Romney during his campaign. His resume did not include that he served as the Government’s representative on the Amtrak Board of Directors which was responsible for overseeing the company’s management, personnel, operations, and finances during the Bush administration. Rosen and other board members fired the head and pushed for privatizing Amtrak  in order to reportedly pad the accounts of their Republican cronies.  Rosen represented the Republican National Party on several occasions in court cases. He was also nominated by President Bush to be a Federal District Judge.

In 2013, he testified in front of Congress in favor of the Regulatory Accountability Act, which would harm the ability of agencies like the EPA from making regulations in a timely manner.

Rosen is  also close with the Chamber of Commerce and has given financial contributions to Republicans, most recently to former presidential candidate Marco Rubio in 2016.

Rosen’s background is similar to another USPS Board of Governors nominee– James C. Miller III

There are 5 other nominees waiting for confirmation:

USPS Board of Governors nominee is former Mitt Romney adviser, pushed for privatizing Amtrak

Two favor privatization (Miller, Rosen)

Five favor the proposal to convert postal employees to Medicare.

James C. Miller, III, (Republican) of Virginia, to be a Governor of the United States Postal Service for a term expiring December 8, 2017. (Reappointment)

David Michael Bennett, (Democrat) of North Carolina, to be a Governor of the United States Postal Service for a term expiring December 8, 2018, vice Thurgood Marshall, Jr., term expired.

David S. Shapira, (Democrat) of Pennsylvania, to be a Governor of the United States Postal Service for a term expiring December 8, 2019, vice Dennis J. Toner, term expired.

Mickey D. Barnett, (Republican)of New Mexico, to be a Governor of the United States Postal Service for a term expiring December 8, 2020. (Reappointment)

Jeffrey A. Rosen, (Republican) of Virginia, to be a Governor of the United States Postal Service for a term expiring December 8, 2021, vice Louis J. Giuliano, term expired.

Stephen Crawford, (Democrat) of Maryland, to be a Governor of the United States Postal Service for a term expiring December 8, 2022. (Reappointment)

The lone member of the USPS Board of Governors James Bilbray (Democrat) is currently in a one year holdover term.

Even if all 6 nominees were confirmed the Board still would be three members short of the required nine Senate confirmed members.

11 thoughts on “USPS Board of Governors nominee is former Mitt Romney adviser, pushed for privatizing Amtrak

  1. Check the latest headlines. Two people dead due to an Amtrak derailment in Chester,PA. This is Amtrak’s second deadly accident,in less than one-year. Yet,another reason to avoid Amtrak,as if it were the plague. And compared to Amtrak,coincidently also first created in l971,USPS is Amazon. At least until the closures and consolidations,beginning largely in 2009. Before then,USPS provided very inexpensive mail-services and overwhelmingly on time. Amtrak,by contrast has become ever more expensive,while using the very same excuses for delays;as they utilized in 1977. Never compare the two. For,those who don’t know or personally recall;USPS was U.S.Mail prior to 1971.

  2. you would not be “stuck” with this “republican” if democrap Obammy did not appoint him to the position., are you really as stupid and ignorant as you appear to be?
    2017 Postal Deregulation Act……..Make America Great Again………..start by getting rid of postal office corruption! UPS and FDX are world class companies………PO is rotton like stage 4 cancer!

  3. America your people needs to get a darn clue. These high price crooks are hell bent on destroying the system we have whether it works or not and for whom. These crooks and I said it, CROOKS, are getting ready to do the damn nasty to Postal employees and all federal employees retired and employed. I couldn’t be more perturbed than a crook lying to America and blaming it on everyone else. A lot of parents had these people as we see in these positions, and their main intent is to steal, deceive, and privatize. All of their parents must be ashamed of these scumbags.Romney is a lying crook and he said how he closed businesses and utilized the funds to further his cause. Now we are about to be stuck with this anal retentive republican thinking jerk.

    • another dolt who has no clue about history. “republicans” hate the working class? NAFTA, CAFTA, Repeal of Glass-Stegal Act-Billy Bob Clinton, 1978 Airline and Telecommunications Deregulation Act-Jimmy Carter, Viet Nam Student Deferment Act, sending working class to war & upper class to college-Lyndon Baines Johnson……….now for the biggest attack on working class-Marxist Democrap Obammy, over 100 million people out of work and you dolts still think there is 5% unemployment and 2% inflation. good God are postal workers dumb as dirt!

  4. President Obama nominated this cutthroat privateer? That’s the term for pirates in their heyday who could call themselves businessmen while they raped, stole and pillaged on behalf of whatever country like Portugal, Spain, Italy or other European nation hired them.
    President Obama is a huge disappointment to me and millions of Americans who thought in 2008 he might be a visionary, a real man of the people and friend to the working class. So what does he do? He ignores the unions who endorsed him, like the NALC, pushes for the Pacific Rim version of NAFTA, and pretty much acts like a damn Republican. Now he nominates a motherfucker as bad as Romney or the Koch brothers. That shows you where his bread is buttered.
    I’m a Democrat, and a very pissed off one at that. People say the GOP is dying, but as long as the front runner for the Dems remains Hillary Clinton, the Republicans will have one of theirs in office for all intent and purposes. Should she get the nomination, it’ll be an election between conservative and bat shit crazy conservative. What a choice.
    I don’t know who does the approving for these nominees, but if it’s Congress, as I suspect, with the GOP still in the majority, if that nomination process is carried out before years end, this scumbag Rosen will get in. One hopes the election mess puts this on the back burner, and the progressives regain Capitol Hill, although I think most of them are nutless cowards, except for Bernie.
    President Obama, you are a disgrace to your party, your voters, to unions, to all workers. You know the Republicans hate workers and want a slave wage dirt poor poverty class, and you are doing everything you can to make that possible.
    I wouldn’t get too worried about privatization yet, though, because fortunately it will take a Constitutional overhaul to enact that event, and the public would get to vote on it. They are on the worker’s side in this case. Still, it wouldn’t hurt if you have democrat legislators to contact them and vigorously oppose Jeffery Rosen. As I’m in a deep red(neck) state, it’s not worth the time, but purple and blue states need to help us out.

    • Obama’s nominations of tea bugar,Koch Brothers hacks to the BOG is the reason Bernie Sanders has blocked their confirmations in the Senate and we are down to one BOG member who’s term expired and was extended.But does it matter if there is full BOG? when there was a full BOG,they were totally useless when Donablow was putting the wrecking ball to the Postal Service.

  5. What I can’t understand is why shouldn’t Amtrak which I may be wrong is taxpayer funded and losing money every year be privatized Does this have to always have to do with unions ? How about we taxpayers?

  6. It appears that this is the beginning of the move to privatizing the Postal Service. They then could cut pay and benefits, and the business bastards will be able to make lots and lots of money! Businessmen have an orgasm every time they think of money.

  7. Amtrak,is a grossly overpriced rail system andl they view continuous delays,even in the Northeast corridor,as perfectly fine. Even as fares,could run in excess of $300.00, one-way;between NYC and Washington,D.C. Thank G-d for the Greyhound Bus,as they consistently charge a fraction of what Amtrak charges and their smart bus-operators,when possible,do all they could,to avoid time-wasting traffic-jams. GO GREYHOUND,instead. So,obviously,any humankinds on planet Earth;should takeover Amtrak,if they could run it more cheaply,and especially more punctually. Only,total imbeciles,continually tolerate a both very late and very expensive service.

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