DES MOINES – Today, Gov. Kim Reynolds announced the appointment of Helen Miller to the Iowa Parole Board, effective July 2, 2019.
“Helen is an outstanding public servant who will bring a unique perspective to the Iowa Parole Board,” said Gov. Reynolds. “She will play a critical role in applying my vision for a rehabilitative justice system that offers offenders another chance to become productive and contributing members of society.”
“I am excited to continue serving the state I love,” said Miller. “Using my role at the Iowa Parole Board, we will help Iowans find a way up to achieve success. I appreciate Governor Reynolds for placing her trust in me to play a part in creating a justice system that prioritizes redemption.”
Helen Miller served eight terms in the Iowa House of Representatives, representing Fort Dodge and rural Webster County until January 2019. While in the Legislature, she served as an Assistant Minority Leader and as Ranking Member of the House Agriculture Committee.
Miller has previously practiced law, including as a criminal defense attorney. And she has been an active leader of numerous nonprofit organizations, including organizing the 2015 Iowa Criminal Justice Summit and serving as the founder of the Urban Ag Academy, the Chair of Women in Government, and a member of the Executive Committee of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators.
Miller received her undergraduate degree from Howard University, a master’s degree in library science from Our Lady of the Lake University, and a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center.