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Senate Review of Harriet Miers Should be Thorough and Complete

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    NEWS from the Human Rights Campaign Senate Review of Harriet Miers Should be Thorough and Complete For Immediate Release - Monday, Oct. 3, 2005 WASHINGTON -
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 4, 2005
      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
      equality.


      "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."
      ( http://www.exodusministriesinc.com/ )
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