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Chamber's Political Campaign Architect Promoted

Thursday, June 9, 2005 - 8:00pm

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The United States Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue promoted Bill Miller, leader of the Chamber's successful political program, to Vice President of Congressional and Public Affairs and National Political Director.

"Miller's talent and strategic thinking have earned him this significant promotion," said Donohue. "As the head of Chamber's political team over the past four years, he has played an important leadership role in the growth of the Chamber's influence in Washington."

In this expanded capacity, Miller will be responsible for helping to direct the legislative advocacy and lobbying operations of the Chamber, which has grown to include fifteen lobbyists as well as continuing to oversee the Chamber's political and grassroots operations.

Miller, who came to the Chamber in 1999, has played a leading role in the Chamber's successful pro-business election and get-out-the-vote effort. In 2004, Miller successfully led the Chamber's aggressive political program which targeted several important Senate campaigns, including South Dakota, where the Chamber spent more than $1 million to help unseat Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle.

Miller also directed the Chamber's involvement in the 2004 presidential campaign, which included a voter education program in eight key battleground states, stressing legal reform issues and the growing influence of the trial bar on the political process.

"Bill has clearly demonstrated that he is a person to help carry the Chamber's legislative agenda to the next level," Donohue added.

Prior to coming to the Chamber, Miller, an attorney, served as Chief of Staff and campaign director in the office of Congresswoman Connie Morella (R-MD). Miller is a graduate of the University of Maryland and the American University's Washington College of Law.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world's largest business federation representing more than three million businesses and organizations of every size, sector, and region.

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