Here are some key facts on Miers:
Harriet Miers, was born in Texas in August 1945 and studied at Southern Methodist University, where she earned undergraduate and law degrees. She was Bush's personal lawyer in Texas.
In November 2004, Bush named her to succeed Alberto Gonzales, his nominee for Attorney General, to the post of White House Counsel, the chief legal advisor for the Office of the President.
Then-Gov. Bush appointed her to chair the Texas Lottery Commission in 1995-2000. She followed Bush to Washington to join the White House staff in 2001 and served as his staff secretary during the first two years of his presidential term. In 2003, she rose to the post of Deputy Chief of Staff
Miers had been co-managing partner at the law firm Locke Liddell & Sapp. She worked prior to that as president of Locke, Purnell, Rain & Harrell.
In 1985, she became the first female president of the Dallas Bar Association and in 1992 became the first woman to head the Texas State Bar.