Pelosi Names Lorraine C. Miller New Clerk of the House

January 30, 2007
Press Release
Washington, D.C. - Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced today she will appoint Lorraine C. Miller as the new Clerk of the House of Representatives.  Miller, who is currently serving as a senior advisor to Speaker Pelosi, has nearly two decades of experience working for the House.  In addition to working for Speaker Pelosi, Miller has worked for two other Speakers, Jim Wright and Tom Foley, as well as Congressman John Lewis of Georgia.

Miller's government service includes work in the Clinton Administration, where she served as Deputy Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs for the House.  In the late 1990's, Miller served as Bureau Chief for Consumer Information at the Federal Communications Commission.  Prior to the FCC, she was the director of Government Relations for the Federal Trade Commission for four years.

A life-long supporter and member of the NAACP, Miller was elected president of the Washington, D.C. Branch NAACP in 2004.  As Clerk of the House, Lorraine Miller will become the first African American to serve as an official of the House of Representatives.

'Lorraine Miller has dedicated her career to the noble calling of public service, with her vast experience in both the House of Representatives and White House preparing her for this vital role.  With the management and leadership skills she has gained at the highest levels of government, Miller will ensure, as Clerk, that the House has the support necessary to effectively carry out our legislative responsibilities,' Pelosi said.  'Diversity has long been one of the greatest strengths of our nation, and as the first African American official of the House, Lorraine will bring that strength to the Office of the Clerk.'

'After more than a decade of serving individual Members of the House, I look forward to the opportunity to work on the behalf of the entire body,' Miller said.  'Having proudly served the leaders of this nation, alongside some of the brightest and hard-working staff, I am proud to undertake this new challenge to serve Congress and the American people.'

A native of Fort Worth, Texas, Miller holds an executive master's degree from the Georgetown School of Business and lives in Washington, D.C. with her sister.  She is a member of the historic Shiloh Baptist Church of Washington, where she sings in its Senior Choir and a member of Shiloh's Henry C. Gregory Family Life Center Foundation Board of Directors.

Miller will replace the current Clerk, Karen Haas, in February.