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Office of the Clerk

Along with the other House officers, the Clerk is elected every 2 years when the House organizes for a new Congress. The majority and minority caucuses nominate candidates for the House officer positions after the election of the Speaker. The full House adopts a resolution to elect the officers, who will begin serving the Membership after they have taken the oath of office.

The Clerk of the House  
Biography of Jeff Trandahl

Photo of Karen L. Haas, The Clerk of the House Karen Lehman Haas, a native of Catonsville, Maryland, was appointed the thirty-fourth Clerk in December 2005. She is only the second woman in history to hold this position. As Clerk, Ms. Haas plays a central role in the daily operation and legislative activities of the House.

Ms. Haas began her service on Capitol Hill in 1984 when she worked for then-Minority Leader Robert H. Michel. For almost 11 years she served as Leader Michel’s Executive Legislative Assistant. Following a brief leave to work in the private sector, Ms. Haas returned to Capitol Hill in June of 1999 to serve as Floor Assistant to Speaker J. Dennis Hastert. In this capacity, she coordinated the daily floor activity, including the appointment of presiding officers and activities relative to the Speaker’s chair. During her tenure with the Speaker she also served as Staff Director of the Steering Committee.

Ms. Haas attended public schools in Maryland and completed her college education at the University of Maryland, College Park. She is a 1984 graduate of the University majoring in Political Science with a minor in Economics. Ms. Haas resides in Maryland with her husband and two children.


The Honorable Karen L. Haas
Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives


 
The Deputy Clerk  

Marjorie C. Kelaher
Deputy Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives

Jorge E. Sorensen
Deputy Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives


 
Contact Information  

Mailing Address
U.S. Capitol, Room H154, Washington, DC 20515-6601

Telephone Number
(202) 225-7000

Office Hours
9:00 AM–6:00 PM, Monday–Friday
 

 


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