At a Glance
- Career History: Chairman, House Education and Labor Committee (2007-2011); Ranking Democrat on the House Education and Labor Committee (2001 to 2007); Ranking Democrat, House Natural Resources Committee (1995 to 2001)
- Birthday: May 17, 1945
- Hometown: Martinez, Calif.
- Alma Mater: San Francisco State University, B.A., 1968; University of California at Davis, J.D., 1972
- Spouse: Cynthia
- Religion: Roman Catholic
- Committees: Ranking member, House Education and Labor Committee (since January 2011)
- DC Office: 2205 Rayburn, 202-225-2095
- District Office: Concord, 925-602-1880; Richmond, 510-262-6500; Vallejo, 707-645-1888
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Path to Power
Miller first ran for public office in 1969, when he was still in law school. His father, George Miller Jr., had served for 20 years in the California state senate when he died. The youngest Miller ran for his father's seat and won the Democratic primary, but lost the general election.
Instead, Miller finished law school and served as a staffer for state Senate Leader George Moscone (D-Calif). For years, he was a protege of Moscone and liberal Rep. Phillip Burton (D-Calif.) before running for Congress in 1974 when Rep. Jerome Waldie (D-Calif) ran for governor. During the campaign, Miller regularly disclosed his campaign donors and political expenses, and he urged other candidates to do the same, taking advantage of the Watergate scandal that was fresh in the minds of voters.
A founder of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, Miller is considered a stalwart of the left. He pushes liberal positions on education, labor and the environment, voting with the Democrats 97.6 percent of the time during the 110th Congress.
He was a critic of Gephardt for being too centrist, and he backed Pelosi early in her run for minority leader against the more moderate Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.). In 2006, he wrote the ethics reform that became the basis for the bill passed in early 2007, and he led the charge for raising the minimum wage, writing that bill too.
Miller is very close with Pelosi, and John Lawrence, the speaker's chief of staff was a top Miller aide for 30 years in the House before joining Pelosi's team.
Miller supported the late Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.) in his unsuccessful campaign against Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) for majority leader in fall 2006.