Post Office to Get Its First Woman Postmaster General

It's about time. After 73 consecutive male Postmaster Generals stretching back to Benjamin Franklin in 1775, the United States Postal Service will be getting its first woman at the helm.

The USPS on Friday announced that Patrick R. Donohoe will be retiring in February after running the financially troubled service for the past four years. Donohoe, a 39-year veteran with the USPS, will be replaced by Megan J. Brennan, who joined the USPS in 1986 as a letter carrier in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Brennan rose through the ranks until she was named the service's chief operating officer in December 2010. Brennan takes over a Postal Service that has been buffeted by competition with social media, emails and other shipping services such as UPS. Although its fortunes have improved somewhat recently, it is still bleeding about $5 billion a year.

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-- Patrick J. Rizzo