Several leaders of the insurance industry joined nearly 200 New York corporate executives in a letter urging members of Congress to certify the election of Joe Biden as President without delay this week and support a smooth transition of power.

“This presidential election has been decided and it is time for the country to move forward. President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris have won the Electoral College and the courts have rejected challenges to the electoral process. Congress should certify the electoral vote on Wednesday, January 6. Attempts to thwart or delay this process run counter to the essential tenets of our democracy,” the letter states.

The letter was sent by the Partnership for New York City, a nonprofit organization of business leaders and employers of more than 1.5 million New Yorkers.

“Our duly elected leaders deserve the respect and bipartisan support of all Americans at a moment when we are dealing with the worst health and economic crises in modern history. There should be no further delay in the orderly transfer of power,” the letter continued.

Among the signers of the letter from the insurance industry were:

  • Brian Duperreault, Chief Executive Officer, American International Group
  • Dan Glaser, President & CEO, Marsh & McLennan Companies
  • Michel A. Khalaf, President & CEO, MetLife
  • Andrew McMahon, President & CEO, The Guardian Life Insurance Company
  • Mark Pearson, President & CEO, Equitable
  • John Romeo, Managing Partner, Oliver Wyman
  • Philip K. Ryan, Chairman, Swiss Re Americas
  • Alan D. Schnitzer, Chairman & CEO, The Travelers Companies

Others signing the letter included leaders from Pfizer, CIT Group, Mastercard, National Grid, Con Edison, Edelman, Cushman & Wakefield, Moody’s, Lyft, BlackRock, The Carlyle Group, Boston Consulting, United Airlines, National Basketball Association, Deloitte, KPMG, Apollo Global Management. Etsy and other firms and organizations.

Congress is scheduled tom hold a joint session on Wed., Jan. 6 to ratify Biden’s 306-232 Electoral College win. Some Republican members have said they will object and force votes in both chambers.

*This story ran previously in our sister publication Insurance Journal.