State Representative Helen Miller (D-Fort Dodge) is serving her 8th term in the Iowa House of Representatives. She represents the 9th House District which includes Fort Dodge, Badger, Clare, Duncombe, Vincent and Elkhorn Township. Miller serves on the Administration, Rules and Agriculture House Committees and is also an Assistant Minority Leader. She also serves on the Economic Growth and Natural Resources Committees, and the Ag/Natural Resources Appropriation Subcommittee Committee.
Helen Miller has accumulated more than 30 years of experience and leadership as an attorney, legislator, mediator, legislative bill drafter, volunteer, arts educator, and board member of numerous organizations.
Miller is dedicated to the economic growth of her district and the completion of highway 20. She has been instrumental in promoting economic development in Iowa. Legislation she crafted has led to the development of an ATV park in Fort Dodge (2003) and the funding of a fuel quality-testing laboratory at Iowa Central Community College (2006). She co-sponsored a House resolution calling for the completion of Highway 20, which passed the Iowa House during the 2003 session.
Her belief that economic development can be spurred by the arts has resulted in efforts to bring the message of the value of art and culture to the Statehouse. For 7 years, she brought the Artful Dodger project exhibit to the Statehouse. In addition, she has organized and held legislative breakfasts to promote the arts and encourage legislators to consider and include the arts in any legislation brought forward. During the 2006 session, she authored legislation which resulted in a report to the Governor and General Assembly on the status of out-of-school arts programming for Youth in Iowa.
In 2011 she founded and is the volunteer Executive Director of the Urban-Ag Academy, an initiative whose mission is to inform an ever-increasing number of urban and minority legislators on agricultural issues. She is a member of State Agricultural and Rural Leaders (board member 2008 to 2010).
In 2015 Miller launched the Iowa Criminal Justice Reform Summit: A National Conversation in Iowa.
Nationally, Miller is the immediate past Chair and current board member of Women in Government, a national non-profit, non-partisan organization based in Washington, DC. It is comprised of female state legislators and works to provide “leadership opportunities, networking expert forums, and educational resources to address and resolve complex public policy issues to all 1,837 women state legislators nationwide”. She is also the Agriculture Committee Chair for the National Black Caucus of State Legislators (NBCSL), and a member of its executive committee.
Miller is a graduate of Leadership Washington (DC), Leadership Iowa, the Bowhay Institute for Legislative Leadership Development (BILLD), and the Toll Fellowship Program. She is also a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow, a member of Links Inc. and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, and the Iowa State Bar Association.