Path to Power
Miller is originally from Kansas, but moved to Alaska "because of his love for the outdoors."
He graduated from West Point and served as an officer in the U.S. Army, where he received a Bronze Star for combat service during the First Gulf War. He got his master's in economics from the University of Alaska and received a law degree from Yale University before returning to The Last Frontier to practice law.
In his campaign announcement, Miller called himself a "concerned citizen" rather than a politician. In 2010, he was boosted by the tea party fervor, and boasted the key advantage of having one of the national tea party idol's, Sarah Palin, and her husband, Todd, behind his candidacy.
Palin and the family of Lisa Murkowski, whose father, Frank, is a former senator and Alaska governor, have never had good relations as Palin once ran against the former governor.
Miller's biggest coup was his GOP primary endorsements by Sarah and Todd Palin. He was also endorsed by several other national conservative figures, including 2008 presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, Redstate blogger Erick Erickson and talk-show host Laura Ingraham.