President Bush nominated Thurgood Marshall Jr. to the Board of Governors of the U.S. Postal Service on Sept. 26.
If approved by the Senate, Mr. Marshall, who lives in Virginia, would be a Governor for the remainder of a nine-year term, which will expire Dec. 8, 2011. He would take the seat that was occupied by Ned McWherter, who was appointed in October 1995.
The Senate is expected to have a confirmation hearing for Mr. Marshall during the lame duck session, which is expected to begin Nov. 13.
Mr. Marshall Jr. is the son of former Supreme Court justice Thurgood Marshall.
He is a partner at Bingham McCutchen, a Washington law firm that counsels and devises strategies for advancing clients’ interests before Congress and other regulatory bodies.
Mr. Marshall is also a principal with the Bingham Consulting Group.
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Marshall was a member of the White House senior staff in the Clinton administration, holding the position of assistant to the president and cabinet secretary from 1997 to 2001. Mr. Marshall also served as vice chair of the White House Olympic Task Force.
Prior to his appointment as cabinet secretary, Mr. Marshall was director of legislative affairs and deputy counsel for Vice President Al Gore. Before that, he was counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation, as well as the Governmental Affairs Committee.
Mr. Marshall began his career as a law clerk to U.S. District Judge Barrington D. Parker of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
The board has nine governors appointed by the president with the Senate’s consent, plus the postmaster general and deputy PMG. No more than five of the nine governors may be members of the same party.