RELEASE: Former Rep. Brad Miller Joins Center for American Progress as Senior Fellow

Washington, D.C. – The Center for American Progress announced today that former Rep. Brad Miller will join the organization as Senior Fellow for economic policy. At CAP, Miller will work closely with the housing finance and policy team on foreclosure prevention, neighborhood stabilization, and housing-finance reform, as well as on broader financial-services issues and systemic risk concerns.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Brad Miller as a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress,” said Neera Tanden, President of the Center for American Progress. “His vast experience shaping the policy debate will play a valuable role in our efforts to strengthen the middle class and grow the economy by ensuring that more Americans have access to stable and affordable housing.”

Miller 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, Miller 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, Miller 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.

Miller 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.

###