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

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.