NEWS from the Human Rights Campaign
Senate Review of Harriet Miers Should be Thorough and Complete
For Immediate Release - Monday, Oct. 3, 2005
WASHINGTON - Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese made the
following statement about President Bush's nomination of White House
Counsel Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court.
"There's very little information about Harriet Miers and we hope that
the confirmation process will provide more insight into her views,"
said Joe Solmonese, Human Rights Campaign President. "Justice
O'Connor's replacement could maintain or tip balance on the Court on
"With little known about Ms. Miers' views, it's critical that the
Senate thoroughly examines her nomination and that she provide
complete and candid answers," added Solmonese. "It's important that
Ms. Miers demonstrate she's a worthy successor to Justice O'Connor, a
consensus builder in a closely divided Court. With a lifetime
appointment, the Senate should be sure that a Justice Miers would
safeguard the rights of all Americans."
HARRIET MIERS BACKGROUND
Harriet Miers was born in 1945 in Dallas and is one of five children.
Miers graduated from Southern Methodist University with a degree in
mathematics and, again, in 1970, when she obtained her law degree.
Upon graduation from law school, Miers clerked for U.S. District Judge
Joe Estes. In 1972, she joined a Texas law firm, Locke, Purnell,
Boren, Laney, & Neely, where she was their first female attorney. She
remained at the firm and its successor firm for almost 30 years,
working as a commercial litigator.
In 1985, Miers became the first woman president of the Dallas Bar
Association, and in 1992, she was elected as the first woman president
of the Texas State Bar. In 1993, Miers reportedly was hired as Bush's
personal attorney, providing legal counsel on a real estate matter and
also for Bush's gubernatorial campaign.
In 1995, then-Governor Bush appointed her as Chairwoman of the Texas
Lottery Commission. In 1996, Miers was elected president of her law
firm Locke, Purnell and, thus, became the first woman to lead a major
Texas law firm. While at Locke, Purnell, she presided over its merger
with Lindell, Sapp, Ziveley, Hill & LaBoon in 1998, and later became
co-managing partner of the new firm, Locke Liddell & Sapp. Miers
resigned from the Texas Lottery Commission in 2000.
After winning the White House, President Bush selected Miers in 2001
to serve as his staff secretary. She later served as Deputy Chief of
Staff for Policy in 2003 and as White House Counsel in 2004.
NOTE ON EXODUS
During the announcement, President Bush referenced Miers' affiliation
with Exodus Ministry. This is not the so called "ex-gay" group, but is
"a non-denominational Christian organization established to assist
ex-offenders and their families become productive members of society
by meeting both their spiritual and physical needs."