ENG: Ralph Bradley "Brad" Miller (born May 19, 1953) is the former U.S. Representative for North Carolina's 13th congressional district, serving from 2003 to 2013. District 13 includes all of Caswell and Person counties, and parts of Alamance, Granville, Guilford, Rockingham and Wake counties. He is a member of the Democratic Party.
Early life, education, and law career
Miller was born in Fayetteville, North Carolina to Margaret Hale Miller and Nathan David Miller. He attended Terry Sanford Senior High School in Fayetteville.
Miller earned a BA degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1975, a Master's degree from the London School of Economics in 1978, and a Juris Doctor from Columbia Law School in 1979. After graduation he served as clerk to Judge J.
Dickson Phillips, Jr. of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
Miller practiced Law in Raleigh before entering politics.
North Carolina legislature
He was a member of the North Carolina House of Representatives from 1992 until 1994 and a member of the North Carolina Senate from 1996 to 2002.
U.S. House of Representatives - Elections
In 2002, Miller was elected to represent North Carolina's 13th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives. Following the 2000 Census, Miller had a hand in redrawing the district map which established NC 13. During the 2002 election, Miller advanced from a crowded Democratic primary, which included former Congressman Robin Britt, to defeat Republican Carolyn Grant and a Libertarian candidate with roughly 55% of the vote.
Grant later sued Miller alleging, among other things, that he and his campaign defamed her in an October 2002 television advertisement. She later dropped the suit after she failed to comply with several court orders.
Miller was elected to his second term in the 2004 Congressional elections, earning 59% of the vote and defeating Republican Virginia Johnson.
Miller's opponent in the 2006 race was Vernon Robinson, a conservative African American politician who is a former city council member and current resident of Winston-Salem, North Carolina (outside the thirteenth congressional district). Robinson was able to garner national attention due to his bombastic and exaggerative rhetoric. Robinson made several accusations against Miller, including that he was cutting money from troops to study the sex lives of prostitutes, that Miller was gay, despite having a wife, and that he was allowing illegal immigrants to sneak into America. Miller defeated Robinson 63.71% to 36.29%.
In 2007 Miller considered a run for the U.S.
Senate against incumbent Elizabeth Dole but decided against it. Later, he ruled out running against Sen. Richard Burr in 2010.
After the 2010 United States Census, Republicans who controlled the state's General Assembly redrew the districts. In the process, they placed Miller into a district stretching from northern Raleigh all the way to Surry County on the other side of the state. While Barack Obama carried the old 13th fairly handily with 59 percent of the vote, John McCain would have won the reconfigured 13th with 56 percent of the vote.
However, after 1st District Congressman G.
K. Butterfield raised objections that the new map violated the rights of African-American voters in the eastern part of the state, the state legislature was forced to redraw the map again. The new plan made the 13th more compact, taking in territory from areas just west of Raleigh to just east of Rocky Mount. However, it is still significantly more Republican than its predecessor; McCain would have won it with 54 percent. The new map also placed Miller's apartment complex 50 yards inside the 4th district, represented by fellow Democrat David Price, but left the rest of Miller's precinct in the 13th. On January 26, 2012, Miller announced that he would not seek re-election to Congress.
Miller is an occasional blogger at the DailyKos.
February 5, 2013