State Representative Helen Miller (D-Fort Dodge) is serving her 6th term in the Iowa House of Representatives. She represents the 9th House District which includes Fort Dodge, Badger, Clare, Duncombe and Vincent. Miller is Ranking Member of the Agriculture committee. She also serves on the Economic Growth, Natural Resources, and Transportation Committees.
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. She volunteers as the Executive Director of Young at Art, a nonprofit, community arts education and enrichment program, based in Fort Dodge. This organization sponsors the annual Artful Dodger Project.
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.
She is the founder and 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 and the Fort Dodge Correctional Facility Community Task Force in Fort Dodge. She is a member of State Agricultural and Rural Leaders (board member 2008 to 2010).
Nationally, Miller serves as the Chair 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 1,788 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 Flemming Leadership Institute, the Bowhay Institute for Legislative Leadership Development (BILLD), and the Toll Fellowship Program. She is also a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow, and a member of Links Inc., the Iowa State Bar Association, and Junior League.
House District 9 includes Fort Dodge, Badger, Duncombe, Vincent, Clare