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John E. Potter

PMG Jack Potter & NRLCA Vice President Jeanette Dwyer

Assumed office 
June 1, 2001
President George W. Bush
Barack Obama
Preceded by William J. Henderson

Born 1956
Political party Republican

John E. "Jack" Potter (born 1956, Bronx, New York) is the current United States Postmaster General and CEO of the United States Postal Service, becoming the 72nd Postmaster General on June 1, 2001.



Potter graduated from Cardinal Spellman High School in the Bronx, and holds a degree in economics from Fordham University and a master's degree in management from the Sloan Fellows program at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Early postal career

He began his postal career as a clerk in New York City in 1978, and is only the sixth postal employee to serve as Postmaster General. Since that time, he has assumed a number of leadership positions within the USPS, including Senior Vice President of Operations, Senior Vice President of Labor Relations, and Manager of Capitol Metro Operations. He currently sits on the Postal Service Board of Governors and is vice chairman of the International Post Corporation, an association of 23 national posts in Europe, North America and Asia Pacific (the current chairman is Jean-Paul Bailly, CEO of La Poste). He chairs the Kahala Posts Group, an Asia-Pacific alliance that includes the United States, Australia, China, Hong Kong, Japan and Korea. A member of the president’s National Hire Veterans Committee, he was awarded American University’s 2007 Roger W. Jones Award for Executive Leadership for extraordinary effectiveness in public service.

Postmaster General

In April 2002, Potter submitted the USPS Transformation Plan to Congress in response to the many challenges the Postal Service faced, such as new uses of technology. These challenges threatened the financial and commercial viability of the Postal Service. The Transformation Plan laid out short- and long-term options for change and was partial basis for the landmark Postal Reform And Accountability Act (H.R. 6407) in late 2006[1]-- the first postal reform since the Postal Reorganization Act of 1970.

On January 28, 2009, Postmaster General Potter testified[2] before the Senate that if the Postal Service is not able to readjust their payment toward the pre-funding of retiree health benefits, as mandated by the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act of 2006, the USPS would be forced to consider cutting delivery to five days per week during the summer months of June, July & August. However, the universal service obligation[3] and six day delivery are upheld by Congressional language within Appropriations legislation, so a reduction in service would require action in the House & Senate.

Government offices
Preceded by
William J. Henderson
United States Postmaster General
2001 – present
United States order of precedence
Preceded by
Michael Donley
United States order of precedence
Postmaster General
Succeeded by
Ben Bernanke

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