Speaker adds woman to ranks of House committee chairs

Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) added a woman to the ranks of committee chairs in the 113th Congress.

Boehner announced on Friday that he appointed veteran Rep. Candice Miller (R-Mich.) as chairwoman of the Committee on House Administration.

GOP leaders came under fire earlier this week for recommending and approving a slate of committee chairs consisting entirely of men.

But, Boehner had yet to fill two remaining chairperson positions: House Administration and Ethics.

Current House Administration Chairman Dan Lungren (R-Calif.) lost his reelection bid in November.

Miller served a two-year stint during the 109th Congress on the House Administration panel.

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Unlike the other 19 House standing committees, House Administration does not require a wealth of policy knowledge or seniority on the committee to serve as the chairperson.

Miller, a five-term lawmaker, was the only woman to compete for an open chair position this year. She lost her bid to sit atop the Homeland Security Committee in a close race against the eventual victor, Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), and fellow contender Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Ala.).

Of Miller's appointment, Boehner said that the Michigan lawmaker has a tough task ahead of her, but that she's up for the job.

Boehner said in a statement, "Candice will provide the leadership needed to keep operating costs down, save taxpayer dollars and help lawmakers use new technology to better engage with their constituents. And her experiences as Michigan secretary of State will be invaluable given the committee's oversight of campaign finance and election laws." 

In reacting to the appointment, Miller noted her experience overseeing elections in her statewide role in Michigan.

"My past record and experience as Chief Elections Officer during my time as Michigan's secretary of State will assist me in accomplishing the many challenges set before us and ensuring that we effectively lead in the area of elections as that is the foundation for our democracy," Miller said.

There will be 19 House GOP women serving in the 113th Congress, down from the current 24.

--This report was originally published at 2:49 p.m. and last updated at 5:38 p.m.