House Speaker John A. Boehner on Friday named Rep. Candice S. Miller of Michigan as chairwoman of the House Administration Committee for the new Congress, after the Republican House majority faced criticism earlier this week for the all-white male lineup of the 19 committee chairmen previously named.
Mrs. Miller, who is completing her fifth term in the House, will be the first woman or minority to head a House committee for the 113th Congress, which begins in early January.
Mr. Boehner, an Ohio Republican, noted that Mrs. Miller’s experience as a former Michigan secretary of state will serve her well in running the committee, which oversees the day-to-day operations of the House and federal elections.
The full House Republican Conference on Wednesday choose chairmen for 19 other committees, and all were white men. The selection of the House administration panel’s top Republican is the prerogative of Mr. Boehner.
“I am both humbled and honored by the confidence Speaker Boehner has shown in me to take on the chairmanship,” Mrs. Miller said in a prepared statement. “This is a challenge that I am eager to take up and ready to get to work on day one.”
The committee’s current chairman, Rep. Daniel E. Lungren, a California Republican, narrowly lost his re-election bid to Democratic challenger Ami Bera.