Expertise: Housing finance, foreclosure prevention, predatory lending, consumer financial protection, financial regulation, congressional oversight, separation of powers
Brad Miller is a Senior Fellow at American Progress and counsel to the law firm of Grais & Ellsworth LLP. He served for a decade in the U.S. House of Representatives and eight years in the North Carolina legislature.
As a member of the House Financial Services Committee, Brad led efforts to enact financial reform legislation, including legislation to prohibit predatory mortgage lending and create the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, or CFPB. He worked with reform advocates to build a coalition of support, including the creation of Americans for Financial Reform, which is composed of labor unions, civil rights organizations, consumer organizations, and other progressive advocacy groups. He led efforts to address the foreclosure crisis and reform the private mortgage securitization market.
As chairman of the Investigations and Oversight Subcommittee of the House Science Committee, Brad led investigations into contamination by formaldehyde fumes of trailers that the Federal Emergency Management Agency provided families displaced by Hurricane Katrina; contamination of drinking water at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, by various chemicals over a 30-year period; delays and cost overruns for polar-orbiting weather satellites; and delay and obstruction of assessments of public health effects of chemical exposure under the Environmental Protection Agency’s Integrated Risk Information System, or IRIS. He worked with the House Democratic leadership to develop the legal strategy to enforce subpoenas issued to the Bush administration concerning the firing of U.S. Attorneys. He introduced legislation to require that the Department of Justice provide Congress with opinions of the Office of Legal Counsel, and to allow Congress to require a special prosecutor for criminal contempt of Congress charges against executive branch officials.
Brad received his bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a master’s degree from the London School of Economics, and a law degree from Columbia University. He served as law clerk to Judge J. Dickson Phillips Jr. of the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.