Md. woman nominated to be House clerk

November 17, 2005

WASHINGTON -- House Speaker Dennis Hastert tapped Karen Haas, a Catonsville native who lives in Laurel, to be the next clerk of the House yesterday.

Haas, 43, has been a floor assistant for Hastert, an Illinois Republican, since 1999. A graduate of the University of Maryland, Haas went to Capitol Hill in 1984, and she spent a decade working for former Rep. Robert H. Michel. She has also spent time in the private sector, working for Capital Cities/ABC Inc. and the Walt Disney Co. She is married and has two children.

Haas will be the 33rd clerk and the second woman to hold the job, which handles many of the administrative duties in the chamber, including producing the daily journal of votes, debates and other actions.

The House is expected to vote on her nomination Friday, the same day Clerk Jeff Trandahl is scheduled to retire.

Like the speaker and other party leaders, the clerk must be approved by a full House vote every two years, at the beginning of a new Congress.

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