If Barnett and the other pending nominees are confirmed, it will leave the BOG with a 5-4 GOP majority. By law, no more than 5 of the appointed members of the Board may belong to the same party. The Postmaster General, who has increasingly allied himself with Republican politicians like Darrell Issa, is also a member of the Board, as is Deputy Postmaster General Ron Stroman, a former Democratic Party congressional staffer.
Here is the White House announcement:
Mickey D. Barnett, Nominee for Governor, Board of Governors of the United States Postal Service
Mickey D. Barnett is Managing Partner of the Barnett Law Firm. Previously, he served in the New Mexico State Senate from 1980 to 1984. Earlier in his career, he served as a Legislative Assistant to Senator Pete Domenici from 1972 to 1976. Mr. Barnett was first appointed to the Board of Governors of the United States Postal Service in 2006. He was a member of the Republican National Committee from 2000 to 2004 and a member of the Appellate Nominating Committee for the New Mexico Supreme Court of Appeals from 1995 to 2002. He has been a member of both the Federalist Society and the Christian Legal Society for more than 20 years. Mr. Barnett received a B.A. from Eastern New Mexico University and a J.D. from The George Washington University National Law Center.