Helen Miller has over 25 years of leadership and experience in various capacities including volunteer, mediator, legislative bill drafter, librarian, attorney and board member of numerous organizations.
Miller is currently serving her fourth term in the Iowa House of Representatives representing District 49. She serves as the Chair of the Ethics and International Relations Committees, and on the Administration and Rules; Agriculture; Economic Growth; Environmental Protection Committees.
In the Iowa House, she has previously served on the Appropriations, Human Resources, Transportation and Veterans Affairs committees and Justice Systems Appropriations subcommittee. She has also served as an assistant minority leader and an assistant majority leader.
Miller is the Executive Director of Young At Art, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit which promotes economic development through the arts, and sponsors the annual Artful Dodger Project. She currently serves on the boards of
Young At Art Foundation, Webster County Crime Stoppers, Fort Des Moines Museum and Education Center, and the Ft. Dodge Correctional Facility Community Task Force and the Webster County Democratic Central Committee.
Nationally, she serves as the Agriculture Policy Committee Chair and on the Executive Committee of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators, and on the board of State Agricultural and Rural Leaders Inc. She is also a member of the Iowa State Bar Association, the District of Columbia Bar Association, Links, Inc. and is a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary Interational.
She is a past board member of Youth Shelter Care of North Central Iowa, Fort Dodge Area Symphony, the Webster County/ Ft. Dodge Human Rights Commission, the Ft. Dodge Public Library, the Blanden Memorial Art Museum Foundation and several other organizations. From 2003 to 2005, Miller served as the Second Vice Chair of the Iowa Democratic Party.
Miller is particularly interested in the economic growth of her district including the completion of Highway 20. During her first year in the legislature, she aurhored and moved through the House legislation that has led to the development of an ATV park in Fort Dodge. A House Resolution she cosponsored calling for the completion of Highway 20 also passed the Iowa House during the 2003 session. A resolution honoring the National Bar Association (the African American bar association founded in Des Moines, Iowa in 1925) authored by Miller passed the Iowa House in 2005.
Miller has been instrumental in promoting economic development through the arts bringing the Artful Dodger to the Statehouse rotunda since 2003, and supporting legislation that promotes the arts. Miller hosts an arts legislative breakfast annually. During the 2006 legislative session Miller authored legislation calling for the Department of Cultural Affairs to assess the arts education and enrichment opportunities available to school-age children. The results of that report were made available in December 2006.
"Miller is a graduate of the leadership programs of Leadership Washington (DC), Leadership Iowa, the Bowhay Instititute for Legislative Leadership Development, the Flemming Leadership Institute, and the Council of State Government's (CSG) Henry Toll Fellowship Program.
Married to a retired Air Force physician. They have 3 children and four grandsons.