It was a Career Day of sorts for Rep. Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.) on Tuesday, as the lawmaker played postman for a morning. 

The congressman rode along with mail carrier Tim Thomason as he made his deliveries throughout West Virginia’s rural communities. 

Rahall told the Bluefield Daily Telegraph his mission was to “follow rural area letter carriers around and learn exactly what they go through on a daily basis.”

The U.S. Postal Service is considering closing more than 15 post offices in West Virginia. The congressman says the proposed closings are a cause for concern: “The post office itself is often the identity of small town USA, and when you close the post office, it’s literally the nail in the coffin for that community.”

No word from Rep. Rahall on how being a letter carrier stacks up to being a lawmaker.