Ex-Clerk Haas Named to GOP Conference Post

Posted February 20, 2007 at 2:02pm

Former House Clerk Karen Haas has landed a job as executive director of the House Republican Conference after being replaced in the Clerk post last week by a former aide to Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).

“Karen is a first-rate professional and all-star strategic thinker,” Republican Conference Chairman Adam Putnam (Fla.) said in a news release. “She brings to this new role a wealth of experience with the inner workings of the House of Representatives; in her nearly 20 years of service with the House, she has earned the trust and confidence of our Members.”

Haas was tapped by then-Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) in late 2005 to serve as the 34th Clerk of the House after working for six years as the Speaker’s floor assistant and director of the GOP Steering Committee. Haas began her Congressional career in the office of then-Minority Leader Bob Michel (R-Ill.).

Haas’ term as a house officer ended Thursday when the House swore in Lorraine Miller, a senior aide to Pelosi, to become the 35th House Clerk.

— John McArdle