The Nation’s Largest African American Video Oral History Collection Mobile search icon Mobile close search icon
Advanced Biography Search
Mobile navigation icon Close mobile navigation icon

The Honorable Lorraine Miller

Share on Social Media

Information about The Honorable Lorraine Miller

Profile image of The Honorable Lorraine Miller

Profession

Category:
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
Federal Government Appointee

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Emerald Green
Favorite Food:
Cake (Chocolate)
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Beaches
Favorite Quote:
To God Be The Glory Great Things He Has Done

Birthplace

Born:
5/6/1948
Birth Location:
Fort Worth, Texas

Profession

Category:
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
Federal Government Appointee

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Emerald Green
Favorite Food:
Cake (Chocolate)
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Beaches
Favorite Quote:
To God Be The Glory Great Things He Has Done

Birthplace

Born:
5/6/1948
Birth Location:
Fort Worth
See how The Honorable Lorraine Miller is related to other HistoryMakers

Biography

Former clerk of the United States House of Representatives Lorraine C. Miller was born in Fort Worth, Texas, to Lena Marie and Johnnie C. Miller. Miller was heavily involved in the Baptist Church as a child, and both of her parents believed ardently in the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). In the early 1970s, Miller enrolled at Jarvis Christian College outside of Dallas, but she quickly changed career paths and began attending the University of North Texas. She then graduated from North Texas in 1975 with her B.A. degree in political science.

Upon graduation, Miller worked as a high school government teacher in Fort Worth. She then decided to pursue a political career and worked as an intern for the Maryland Legislature in Washington, D.C. in the late 1970s. Soon after moving to Washington, she enrolled in classes at American University and started working for United States Congressman Jim Wright. Miller would go on to work for Wright for eleven years, including serving as his executive assistant when he was speaker of the house from 1987 to 1989. Then, she worked for House Speaker Tom Foley and U.S. Congressman John Lewis in the early 1990s. Miller would later attend Georgetown University and graduate with her executive M.B.A degree.

In the mid-1990s, Miller served two years in the White House as the deputy assistant to President William J. Clinton. She then served as the director of government relations for the Federal Trade Commission from 1995 to 1999. In 1999, Miller became chief of the Consumer Information Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission. Then, in 2001, she served as senior advisor to House Minority Whip Nancy Pelosi until 2007, when Pelosi named Miller the new clerk of the House of Representatives. Miller would become the first African American to both hold that seat and to serve as an officer of the U.S. House of Representatives. She held the seat until 2011.

In 2004, Miller was elected president of the Washington, D.C. branch of the NAACP. Then, in 2008, she was elected to the NAACP National Board of Directors.

Lorraine C. Miller was intervied by The HistoryMakers on July 27, 2013.

See how The Honorable Lorraine Miller is related to other HistoryMakers
Loading...
Click Here To Explore The Archive Today!
  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of The Honorable Lorraine Miller's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - The Honorable Lorraine Miller lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - The Honorable Lorraine Miller describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - The Honorable Lorraine Miller describes her mother's education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - The Honorable Lorraine Miller describes her mother's profession
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - The Honorable Lorraine Miller describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - The Honorable Lorraine Miller describes her grandfather's work
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - The Honorable Lorraine Miller talks about her father's service in the U.S. Army
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - The Honorable Lorraine Miller describes her uncle's decision to move to New York City
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - The Honorable Lorraine Miller talks about her father's career
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - The Honorable Lorraine Miller talks about her father's business relationship with U.S. Representative Jim Wright
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - The Honorable Lorraine Miller talks about her father's service in World War II
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - The Honorable Lorraine Miller talks about her parents' relationship
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - The Honorable Lorraine Miller describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - The Honorable Lorraine Miller remembers the Como neighborhood of Fort Worth, Texas
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - The Honorable Lorraine Miller describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - The Honorable Lorraine Miller remembers her early exposure to music
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - The Honorable Lorraine Miller talks about Juneteenth
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - The Honorable Lorraine Miller describes her parents' involvement in the NAACP
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - The Honorable Lorraine Miller talks about voter intimidation in Fort Worth, Texas
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - The Honorable Lorraine Miller recalls the shift to single member districts in the Fort Worth City Council
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - The Honorable Lorraine Miller describes her early academic interests
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - The Honorable Lorraine Miller talks about her sister's musical talent
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - The Honorable Lorraine Miller remembers her involvement in the community
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - The Honorable Lorraine Miller recalls the assassination of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - The Honorable Lorraine Miller describes her civil rights activities in Fort Worth, Texas
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - The Honorable Lorraine Miller remembers her influential teachers
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - The Honorable Lorraine Miller recalls her early aspirations
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - The Honorable Lorraine Miller describes her decision to attend the Jarvis Christian College in Hawkins, Texas
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - The Honorable Lorraine Miller remembers the Jarvis Christian College in Hawkins, Texas
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - The Honorable Lorraine Miller recalls her decision to study political science
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - The Honorable Lorraine Miller recalls transferring to North Texas State University in Denton, Texas, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - The Honorable Lorraine Miller recalls the assassination of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - The Honorable Lorraine Miller recalls transferring to North Texas State University in Denton, Texas, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - The Honorable Lorraine Miller talks about the teaching philosophy at historically black colleges
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - The Honorable Lorraine Miller recalls the influence of the Black Power movement
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - The Honorable Lorraine Miller talks about the black politicians from Texas
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - The Honorable Lorraine Miller remembers moving to Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - The Honorable Lorraine Miller remembers the Watergate scandal
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - The Honorable Lorraine Miller recalls joining U.S. Representative Jim Wright's staff
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - The Honorable Lorraine Miller recalls working on Jim Wright's reelection campaign in 1980
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - The Honorable Lorraine Miller talks about the lack of funding for black voter mobilization
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - The Honorable Lorraine Miller recalls her work in the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - The Honorable Lorraine Miller remembers the ethics investigation against Jim Wright
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - The Honorable Lorraine Miller describes her strategy for political success
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - The Honorable Lorraine Miller describes the demographics of Jim Wright's staff
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - The Honorable Lorraine Miller remember U.S. Representative Jim Wright's resignation
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - The Honorable Lorraine Miller remembers working for U.S. Representative Tom Foley
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - The Honorable Lorraine Miller remembers meeting Nelson Mandela
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - The Honorable Lorraine Miller recalls studying at Georgetown University and Harvard University
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - The Honorable Lorraine Miller talks about her graduate education
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - The Honorable Lorraine Miller talks about the rise of Newt Gingrich
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - The Honorable Lorraine Miller remembers the Republican Revolution of 1994
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - The Honorable Lorraine Miller remembers her relationship with Republicans in the U.S. Congress
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - The Honorable Lorraine Miller describes her challenges at the Federal Trade Commission
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - The Honorable Lorraine Miller talks about partisan turnover in the House of Representatives
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - The Honorable Lorraine Miller describes her responsibilities on the Federal Trade Commission
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - The Honorable Lorraine Miller describes how she came to work for the Federal Communications Commission
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - The Honorable Lorraine Miller recalls the controversy over unregulated billing by telecommunications companies
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - The Honorable Lorraine Miller remembers directing the White House Community Empowerment board
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - The Honorable Lorraine Miller describes the effects of No Child Left Behind on the American Federation of Teachers
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - The Honorable Lorraine Miller talks about the inefficiencies of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - The Honorable Lorraine Miller talks about the attempts to privatize the education system
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - The Honorable Lorraine Miller remembers the presidential election scandal of 2000