Boehner appoints woman to chair a committee
November 30th, 2012
03:56 PM ET
7 months ago

Boehner appoints woman to chair a committee

(CNN) – House Speaker John Boehner named Rep. Candice Miller of Michigan as the chairman of the House Administration Committee on Friday, three days after the Republican conference took heat for electing only males as committee heads.

"From ensuring the House runs efficiently and smoothly, to making Congress more open and accessible, Candice has a big job ahead as chairman of the House Administration Committee," Boehner said in the statement.

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Miller had originally run to lead the Homeland Security Committee, but lost out to Rep. Michael McCaul of Texas. While other committee chairs are elected by the entire GOP conference, the House Administration Committee chair is appointed by the speaker.

In a statement, Miller said she is "both humbled and honored" by the appointment.

"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," she said.

Miller is currently not on the committee she will soon chair. Rep. Gregg Harper of Mississippi was next in line to take the position and was widely expected to get the chairmanship.

On Wednesday, Boehner set off an outcry among Democrats when he announced that 19 males were recommended to steer the committees. Critics cited the decision as another hurdle the GOP faces as it aims to become a more inclusive party.

On the Democratic side women and minority groups will outnumber males overall for the first time in history.

Republican women, however, aren't totally left out in terms of House leadership positions. Earlier this month, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington became leader of the Republican Conference, the fourth ranking GOP spot in the House. Rep. Lynn Jenkins of Kansas will serve as vice-chairman and Rep. Virginia Foxx of North Carolina will serve as secretary of the conference.

The chair of the House Ethics Committee has yet to be announced.

– CNN's Ashley Killough and Deirdre Walsh contributed to this report.


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soundoff (53 Responses)
  1. Facts don't Lie

    it's pretty bad when a Republican appoints a woman to chair a committee and that makes news. Perhaps John should have made BIG news and chosen a black or Hispanic woman........then again there aren't any of those in the GOP house are there?

    November 30, 2012 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  2. freedom

    I hope she does a great job – but it's besides the point that she's a woman. The whole war on women was manufactured by the democrats, and it is astounding the American people didn't see they were being manipulated – especially young women. Is Sandra Fluke really your role model? Yikes. This generation needs to wake up!

    November 30, 2012 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  3. Dan

    Can I run the Home Security Committee?
    No, but you can be an administrator of administration in the department of redundancy department.

    November 30, 2012 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  4. ddblah

    Wow, administration committee? Pathetic!

    November 30, 2012 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  5. w l jones

    Butter milk11111butter milk it wont work to little to late.

    November 30, 2012 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    While other committee chairs are elected by the entire GOP conference, the House Administration Committee chair is appointed by the speaker.
    -------------------
    Nice gesture by Boehner. Too bad that it appears he was pressured to do it. Even worse, it's too bad that the GOP conference cannot find it within themselves for a majority to vote for a female member as a chair.

    November 30, 2012 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  7. Cindy

    What this says to me is that if she had to be elected to a committee by her peers of republicans she wouldn't be elected. So it's the same old republican party.

    November 30, 2012 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  8. norma jean

    We all know the saying" Too little and too late" .......That's the Repubs for you.....At least we have ONE woman in a position of importance....There is nothing more disgusting than when we see a picture of our government representatives and they are all {white} men!!!!! The biggest joke was the commitee of men {no women}who were discussing abortion and all of it's iimplications..rape,etc, WHAT A JOKE!!!

    November 30, 2012 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  9. NameA Lifetime of Hard Work

    The political winds have shifted away from the Republican party. Smell the tar pots heating up- see the feathers floating in the air. The vast majority of the people have spoken. Grover, Boehner, & McConnell need to hear.

    November 30, 2012 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  10. Jesus Christ Superstar

    See, Republicans don't hate women... they hired 1. A whole 1! They are even allowing her free range some of the times, making sure she gets unshackled at least once every few hours., at least for feedings.

    November 30, 2012 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  11. Larry in Houston

    Just """To Chair a Committee""" ??? LOL – must have gotten some pressure from his brother in Ohio – At least he's got Bar Maids.

    November 30, 2012 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    Given the GOP/Teatrolls' obvious pattern of appointing the absolute worst choice to head each committee, one must ask....what makes this woman uniquely unqualified for this position such that the GOP chose to put her there?

    November 30, 2012 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  13. Bill from GA

    Watch it, bonehead. If you get any more liberal, the teabaggers will run a 'true rightie' against you in 2014.

    (In case you were considering a 'black' for some high position. Or, God forbid, a 'gay'!))

    November 30, 2012 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  14. eric

    so she is head of the Administration committee.... in other words a glorified secretary...

    November 30, 2012 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  15. Sniffit

    Teatroll Rosetta Stone says: "hey ladies...you can forgive us now for all that 'we own your wombs' and 'your employers shoudl decide yuor reproductive options' stuff...see....lookit hwo nice we're being to one of your fellow ladies. Smooches."

    November 30, 2012 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  16. Sniffit

    ""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," she said. "

    Teatroll Rosetta Stone says: "I have been tasked with abusing my chairmanship to grind everything to an absolute halt."

    November 30, 2012 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  17. sharon

    This won't make a difference. She is extremely anti- women and minorities – comes from a very conservative district in Michigan and loves the tea!

    November 30, 2012 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  18. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Given the GOP/Teatrolls' obvious pattern of appointing the absolute worst choice to head each committee, one must ask....what makes this woman uniquely unqualified for this position such that the GOP chose to put her there?"

    It's Administrative Housekeeping ... a woman's job. And, she makes a really, really mean Cup of Tea.

    November 30, 2012 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  19. Honestly?

    Congratulations Rep. Miller! You've just become the most talked about Token of 2012 to date! Perhaps you should have taken whatever was behind door #2. I wish you well in your new shiny position in the Do-Nothing Congress. Heaven knows We The People need it.

    November 30, 2012 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  20. Eric

    After reading some of these posts it is no wonder so many American men do not want to get married. There seems to be a low amount of quality woman available

    November 30, 2012 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  21. California Gary

    No chair yet for the ethics committee huh? It could be a good long while before they can find a Republican congressman with anything that could even loosely be defined as "ethics". That committee may have to go "chairless".

    November 30, 2012 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  22. Eric

    Ok, moderator, are you going to post or suppress other ideas ??

    November 30, 2012 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  23. lolo

    @Eric, I agree with you. She is a secretary for real. They have not changed one bit. They still believe that the woman is only godd for meanial jobs. So pitiful.

    November 30, 2012 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  24. Mark Acay

    Boehner has ran out of white male?

    November 30, 2012 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  25. ezduzit757

    token female

    November 30, 2012 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
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