Michigan Republican Candice S. Miller was appointed chairwoman of the House Administration Committee, House Speaker John A. Boehner announced Friday afternoon, making Miller the only female chairman of a House committee for the 113th Congress. Miller’s selection over Mississippi Rep. Gregg Harper — who had expressed interest in the post — comes just days after House Republicans were chided by Democrats and some womens’ groups for signing off on an all-white male cast to lead the 19 major House committees. Miller will replace Rep. Dan Lungren, R-Calif., who lost his bid for re-election to Democrat Ami Bera.
“I am both humbled and honored by the confidence Speaker Boehner has shown in me to take on the chairmanship of the Committee on House Administration,” Miller, the former Michigan secretary of state, said in a statement. “This committee has the responsibility to ensure that the House runs in an effective and efficient manner which is vital as we work to meet the many challenges facing this great nation.”
As chairwoman of the House Administration Committee, Miller has jurisdiction over the federal election process, which is currently being tested by disparate state voter registration laws that many say were written to curb minority turnout and others claim are a magnet for voter fraud.