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Name: Blair, Dan
Current Position: Former Chairman

A native of Joplin, Missouri, Dan G. Blair was the first chairman of the independent Postal Regulatory Commission, successor to the former Postal Rate Commission. President George W. Bush selected Blair to serve as chairman of the Postal Rate Commission on December 15, 2006, and he served as chairman until August 2009.

Blair received a bachelor of journalism degree from the School of Journalism at the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1981 and his Juris Doctor from the School of Law at the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1984.
Blair spent 17 years on Capitol Hill working for committees in both the House and Senate. He served as minority general counsel for the House Committee on Post Office and Civil Service from 1985 to 1994. He then served as staff director for the House Subcommittee on the Postal Service, responsible for directing the subcommittee’s oversight of the USPS and the development of comprehensive postal reform legislation.
From 1998 through 2001, Blair served as senior counsel to Senator Fred Thompson (R-TN) on the Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs. He was responsible for review of legislation and policy affecting the federal civil service, the USPS, federal budget process, government ethics, and federal lobbying reform.
Blair was appointed by President Bush in December 2001 to serve as deputy director of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). In addition to serving as deputy director, Blair was acting director of OPM for five months prior to the confirmation of Linda M. Springer as director in July 2005.
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