Boehner nominates former House clerk to serve again

House Speaker-designate John Boehner (R-Ohio) plans to nominate Karen Haas as clerk of the House next Congress, his office said on Thursday.

Haas will replace Lorraine Miller, who has served in the position since 2007 after being selected by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). Haas served as clerk once before, under former House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) in the 109th Congress.


The clerk is the primary record keeper for the chamber, responsible for maintaining the public’s access to House records, including lobbyist disclosure reports. The office is a two-year position and usually turns over whenever the House switches party power.

“Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have long known and respected Karen — as much for her in-depth knowledge of legislative procedure as for her tireless dedication to the work of the people’s House," Boehner said in a statement. 

Haas will leave her job as minority staff director for the House Small Business Committee. Before serving with that panel, Haas was the executive director of the House Republican Conference. And prior to her first term as clerk in 2005, she served as a floor assistant to Hastert.