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Karen Lehman Haas (born April 13, 1962)[1] is an American government affairs official who has served as the 34th Clerk of the United States House of Representatives from December 2005 to February 2007. She also served as the 36th Clerk of the United States House of Representatives, returning to office in January 2011 with the start of the 112th Congress. She left the position once again on February 25 2019[2]

Karen Haas
Karen L. Haas official photo.jpg
Clerk of the United States House of Representatives
In office
January 5, 2011 – February 26, 2019
Preceded byLorraine Miller
Succeeded byCheryl L. Johnson
In office
December 1, 2005 – February 15, 2007
Preceded byJeff Trandahl
Succeeded byLorraine Miller
Personal details
Born (1962-04-13) April 13, 1962 (age 57)
Catonsville, Maryland, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
EducationUniversity of Maryland, College Park (BA)

A native of Catonsville, Maryland, Karen Lehman Haas graduated from the University of Maryland with a bachelor's degree in political science and a minor in economics. She is a former floor assistant to Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert and served from 1984 to 1994 as Executive and Legislative Assistant to Bob Michel while he was the Republican Minority Leader.[3] Haas worked as a lobbyist for ABC/Disney and also has experience as a government affairs director for several corporate entities.


  1. ^ Almanac of the Unelected 2011, Struglinski and Friedman, eds., 23rd ed., Berman Press, Lanham, Maryland, page 16.
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  3. ^ George Mason University History News Network. NCH Washington Update Vol. 11, No. 46 (2 December 2005). Accessed 22 May 2006.

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Government offices
Preceded by
Jeff Trandahl
Clerk of the United States House of Representatives
Succeeded by
Lorraine Miller
Preceded by
Lorraine Miller
Clerk of the United States House of Representatives
Succeeded by
Cheryl L. Johnson