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U.S. Representative for California, serving in Congress since 1975 - member of the Democratic Party.


George Miller Biography

ENG: George Miller III (born May 17, 1945) is the U.S. Representative for California's 11th congressional district, serving in Congress since 1975. He is a member of the Democratic Party. From 2007 through 2010, Miller served as chairman of the Education and Labor Committee, formerly known as the Education and the Workforce Committee.


Early life, education, and early career

The son of liberal State Senator and Democratic Party leader George Miller, Jr., he was born in Richmond, California in 1945. He graduated from Diablo Valley Community College and San Francisco State University.

After his father died in 1969, Miller ran in a March 1969 special election to succeed him as state senator for California's 7th State Senate district, but Republican John Nejedly defeated him 57% to 42%.

He then attended the University of California, Davis School of Law (King Hall), where he received his Juris Doctor. After admission to the university, he served as legislative assistant to California Senate majority leader George Moscone before entering the U.S. House of Representatives in 1974.


U.S. House of Representative - Elections

In 1974, incumbent Democratic U.S. Representative Ron Dellums decided to run in the newly redrawn 8th district. Miller decided to run for the open seat in California's 7th congressional district. He won the primary with a plurality of 38%. In the general election, he defeated Republican Gary Fernandez 56% to 44%, the lowest winning percentage of his career. He went on to win re-election 18 times, and never won with less than 60% of the vote.



After redistricting, Miller was moved out of the 7th District. He ran in the 11th District against Republican Virginia Fuller in the general election. Miller defeated fuller in the election.

In a 2012 campaign ad, Miller said that the main challenge the U.S. faces is the need “to correct the disparities that exist in our country.”

Fuller has spoken of her inspiration to run against Miller: "We are going deeper and deeper into a debt our children will never be able to pay." Democratic primary challenger Fitzgerald, for his part, said that “people like us” need to run for Congress because D.C. pols are no longer in touch with the world.



According to the National Journal, Miller is one of seven members of the House of Representatives who tie for most liberal.

In 2011-12, Miller sponsored 10 bills (placing him at #40 out of 440 House members), none of which were made into law (ranks 18 of 440). He co-sponsored 199 bills (placing him at #138 out of 440), 4 of which were made Into law (ranks 17 of 440).

During Miller's 1974 campaign, he routinely disclosed his donors and expenses, taking advantage of the Watergate scandal that was still in the minds of voters. This helped get him a seat in the House at the age of 29. Miller is one of the two remaining Congressmen elected in the class following the Watergate scandal - the other is Henry Waxman - and has spent over half of his life in Congress. One of the 10 most senior members of Congress, Miller has been described as someone who has "proven himself both a liberal lion ...and savvy about working both sides of the aisle.”

With his father being the former chairman of the state Senate Finance Committee and mentor Phillip Burton being an integral part of liberal politics in the 1970s, Miller has been described as the “heir to a tradition of Bay Area working-class politics.” Miller has one of the most liberal voting records in the House, and brings "a zest for political combat." A review of Miller's career states that, although he has been unsuccessful in his pursuit of top party positions, he has "learned a legislator’s virtues of patience, timing, and creativity."


Personal life

Miller owns a residence in Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C. and rents rooms to other members of the U.S. House and Senate. As of April 2010, his tenant housemates are Senators Chuck Schumer and Dick Durbin and Representative Bill Delahunt. Miller purchased the residence in 1977, and his past housemates have included former Representatives Marty Russo, Leon Panetta and Sam Gejdenson.





February 13, 2013

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