Senate confirms two new NCUA Board members, bringing panel to full complement

Agency board chairman welcomes pair

Rodney E. Hood and Todd M. Harper were confirmed by the Senate late Thursday on a unanimous consent vote to two seats on the NCUA Board.

Once they are sworn into office, the pair will bring the board up to its full three-member complement for the first time since 2016.

In a statement, current NCUA Board Chair J. Mark McWatters congratulated the new pair of board members, saying he looked forward to “working with both of them in a collegial, bipartisan manner.”

McWatters also took the opportunity to thank outgoing Board Member Rick Metsger, a Democrat, whose term ended in August 2017 (he’s been serving as a holdover); Hood, a Republican, will take his place on the board. “In that same spirit, I would like to thank Board Member Rick Metsger for his more than five years of service to the agency and for creating a true collaborative partnership that benefited the agency and the credit union community.”

Harper – a Democrat — takes the seat formerly held by former Chairman Debbie Matz, who left the board in 2016. Hood’s term runs until August 2023; Harper’s term runs until April 2021. Current NCUA Board Chair McWatters, a Republican, is serving a term that ends in August of this year.

The pair were approved for confirmation consideration by the Senate Banking Committee late last month.