Gary Gene Miller (born October 16, 1948) is the U.S. Representative for California's 42nd congressional district, and previously the 41st, serving since 2003. He is a member of the Republican Party.
Early life, education and career
Miller was born in Huntsville, Arkansas, attended Mount San Antonio College in Walnut, California, and served briefly in the United States Army in 1967. He is a businessman who founded several companies bearing his name, including G. Miller Development, G. Miller Masonry, and G.
Miller Framing. At the age of 20, he began his first company, which built single-family and custom homes. His business expanded to the development of planned communities. Miller remains active in real estate through his development company. Miller and his wife, Cathy, have three sons and one daughter. Miller was appointed to the Diamond Bar, California Municipal Advisory Council in 1988. In 1989, he was elected to the city's first council that helped incorporate the city. He served as mayor in 1992. He ran and lost for state Senate in 1990 and 1994. In 1995, Miller won a special election for a seat in the California State Assembly. He was elected to the U.S. House in 1998, defeating incumbent Republican and fellow Diamond Bar resident Jay Kim in the primary and then Democrat Eileen Ansari in the general election with 53 percent. He won again in 2000 with 59 percent of the vote and was re-elected in 2002 with 68 percent of the vote. In 2004, he defeated Democrat Lewis Myers with 71.5% of the vote per OCvote.com, the official county elections office website. Similarly, he won in 2008 with 63.8% of the vote, defeating Democrat Ed Chau.
In 2005, Miller co-sponsored The Border Protection, Antiterrorism, and Illegal Immigration Control Act of 2005 (H.R. Gods and Generals. Miller has signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge.
4437) with representative Jim Sensenbrenner. In 2006, after widespread demonstrations by immigrants, Miller wrote: "Too bad their protest didn't include giving up government-paid social services — because a day without illegal aliens would be a boon to U.S. taxpayers." Miller has backed the development of a rail link between Ontario, California and Anaheim, part of a proposed 269-mile (433 km) line between Orange County and Las Vegas. "Once completed, there would be no need for an airport in south Orange County, and the Inland Empire will reap the economic benefits as a true transportation hub," Miller said. Miller, a history buff, become involved in the preservation of Civil War battlefields, after he played a bit part in the 2003 movie
Abduction and recovery of grandchildren
On November 19, 2007, three of Miller's grandsons, Brian (8) and twins Evan and Christian (6), were abducted by their estranged mother, Jennifer Lopez DeJongh, from their Diamond Bar home. DeJongh was divorced from Miller's son, and the boy's father, Brian Miller, and the two were in dispute over certain custodial rights regarding medical and educational decisions for the children, though at the time Brian had sole custody. In August of 2011, DeJongh and the boys were located in Mexicali, Mexico. DeJongh was charged with three counts of child custody deprivation in Los Angeles County, but federal charges of flight to avoid prosecution were dropped following her extradition. The boys, now 12 and twins 10, were reunited with the Miller family. Congressman Miller commented that, "My wife and I are extremely relieved that after more than 3 1/2 years our grandchildren have been found unharmed and returned safely to the United States" and that he was "eternally grateful" to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Mexican authorities and "all those whose hard work and unwavering dedication made this possible."
In June 2010 facts came to surface and were made that Miller inflated his military service, stating that he had served from 1967–1968 and implying he served in Vietnam when he only spent 7 weeks in boot camp and then was discharged. The Harper's Magazine article recounting these facts also included this quote from Miller spokeswoman Jessica L. Baker: "Congressman Miller volunteered to the U.S. Army and was Honorably Discharged due to medical reasons within a matter of months." Baker's statement has since been questioned because it is impossible to receive an honorable discharge due to medical reasons and according to government records Miller only served a month.
Controversy with anti-Muslim rallies
In February 2011, Congressman Miller along with Congressman Ed Royce attracted international media attention for speaking in support of an anti-Muslim rally held in Orange County, California (inside his home district). Protesters at the rally lined up to intimidate and harass Muslims as they entered a dinner event to raise money for women's shelters. Congressman Miller said of the rally participants, "That's the only reason I'm here today, is to give you a flag and to say 'I'm proud of you.' I'm proud of what you're doing. . . . and let's not let people who disagree with America destroy it."
September 1st, 2011