Miers, Harriet Ellan

Miers, Harriet Ellan

(mī`ərz), 1945–, American lawyer and government official, b. Dallas, Tex., grad. Southern Methodist Univ. (B.S., 1967; J.D., 1970). A prominent female lawyer in private practicein Texas, she became counsel to George W. BushBush, George Walker,
1946–, 43d President of the United States (2001–9), b. New Haven, Conn. The eldest son of President George H. W. Bush, he was was raised in Texas and, like his father, attended Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass., and Yale, graduating in 1968.
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's 1994 gubernatorial campaign and head of state lottery commission (1995–2000). Miers subsequently served under Bush in the White House, becoming White House counsel (2004–7). The president nominated her to the U.S. Supreme Court in 2005, but she withdrew after Bush's conservative supporters stridently objected to her lack of a judicial and ideological track record.
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