Harriet E. Miers Profile
On Oct. 27, 2005, White House counsel Harriet Ellan Miers asked President Bush to withdraw her nomination for the Supreme Court vacancy created by the retirement of Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.
Harriet Ellan Miers was born in Dallas on Aug. 10, 1945.
Miers received her bachelor's degree in mathematics in 1967 and JD in 1970 from Southern Methodist University. Upon graduation, she clerked for U.S. District Judge Joe E. Estes from 1970 to 1972. In 1972, Miers became the first woman hired at Dallas's Locke Purnell Boren Laney & Neely.
In March 1996, her colleagues elected her the first woman president of Locke, Purnell, Rain & Harrell, at that time a firm of about 200 lawyers. She became the first woman to lead a Texas firm of that size.
Locke, Purnell eventually merged with a Houston firm and became Locke Liddell & Sapp, LLP, where Miers became co-managing partner of a firm with more than 400 lawyers.
Miers had a very distinguished career as a trial litigator, representing such clients as Microsoft, Walt Disney Co. and SunGard Data Systems Inc.
Throughout her career, she has been very active in the legal community and has blazed a trail for other women to follow.
* In 1985, Miers was selected as the first woman to become president of the Dallas Bar Association.
* In 1992, she became the first woman elected president of the State Bar of Texas. Miers served as the president of the State Bar of Texas from 1992 to 1993.
* She played an active role in the American Bar Association. She was one of two candidates for the number two position at the ABA, chair of the House of Delegates, before withdrawing her candidacy to move to Washington to serve in the White House. Miers also served as the chair of the ABA's Commission on Multijurisdictional Practice.
On numerous occasions, the National Law Journal named her one of the nation's 100 most powerful attorneys and as one of the nation's top 50 women lawyers.
Miers also has been involved in local and statewide politics in Texas.
* In 1989, she was elected to a two-year term as an at-large candidate on the Dallas City Council. She chose not to run for re-election when her term expired.
* Miers also served as general counsel for the transition team of Governor-elect George W. Bush in 1994.
* From 1995 until 2000, Miers served as chairwoman of the Texas Lottery Commission, a voluntary public service position she undertook while maintaining her legal practice and other responsibilities. When then-Governor Bush appointed Miers to a six-year term on the Texas Lottery Commission, it was mired in scandal, and she served as a driving force behind its cleanup.
Miers came to Washington, D.C., in 2001:
* She was appointed assistant to the president and staff secretary on Jan. 20, 2001.
* In 2003, Miers was promoted to assistant to the president and deputy chief of staff.
* Miers has served as counsel to the president since February 2005.
She is not married and does not have children.Two brothers and her mother live in Dallas; a third brother lives in Houston.
(Source: The White House.)
For further reading:
Documents & Links
Compiled documents and links on Miers's record, experience and philosophy:
Letter from Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) in response to Miers's original questionnaire.
Miers's response to Senate Judiciary Committee Questions
Financial disclosure reports submitted to the Judiciary Committee (PDFs)
Documents received by the Judiciary Commitee relating to Miers's service on the Dallas City Council (PDFs).
Documents related to Miers's service as president of the State Bar of Texas (1992-1993).
Miers's public financial disclosure reports from her tenure in the White House (PDFs)
Speeches by Miers (PDFs)
Articles authored by Miers