|Member of the Maryland House of Delegates
from the 15 district
January 12, 2011
|Preceded by||Craig L. Rice (D)|
November 6, 1964 |
|Children||Meena, Chloe, and Sasha|
|Residence||Germantown, Maryland, U.S.|
|Occupation||Civil engineer (Transportation)|
Aruna Miller (born November 6, 1964) is an Indian-born American politician and a member of the Maryland House of Delegates representing District 15 in Montgomery County, Maryland. Maryland's Legislative District 15 is Montgomery County's largest district both in terms of geographic area and population and includes Boyds, Clarksburg, Darnestown, Germantown, Poolesville, Potomac, Dickerson, Barnesville, Beallsville as well as parts of Gaithersburg, North Potomac, and Rockville . Delegate Miller who serves on the on Ways & Means Committee is the first Indian American woman to be elected to the Maryland legislature.
Miller has worked in Virginia, Hawaii, California and for the last twenty years in Montgomery County as an engineer. She has overseen programs that advanced access to schools, employment centers, and community facilities that are safe for pedestrians, bicyclists, transit users, and those with disability.
Early life and education
Miller was born November 6, 1964 in India. Her family came to the United States when she was eight years old. Along with her two siblings and parents, she lived in Poughkeepsie, New York, where IBM employed her father as a mechanical engineer. She attended public schools in New York and then attended Missouri University of Science and Technology earning a degree in Civil Engineering.
Miller was sworn in as a member of House of Delegates on January 12, 2011 and appointed to the Ways and Means Committee. (revenue, transportation & education subcommittees). She is a member of the Land Use and Transportation Committee of the Montgomery County Delegation and a member of the Women Legislators of Maryland where she serves as the co-chair of the Legislative Committee and in 2013 was elected to serve on the executive board.
In 2011, while serving as a Delegate, Miller encouraged strengthening economic and cultural development between Maryland and India and accompanied Governor Martin O'Malley on six-day trade mission to India, which resulted in nearly $60 million in business deals for the state of Maryland. Delegate Miller took a lead role in working with the Office of the Secretary of State and the Department of Economic Development to coordinate the Governor’s arrangements for his first stop to Hyderabad.
In 2013 Delegate Miller was one of ten Maryland lawmakers named to the Maryland Business Climate Workgroup designed to make recommendations and develop long-term plans to streamline business regulations, encourage business innovation, and develop public-private partnerships to finance infrastructure
Miller maintains her activism in community organizations, including serving on the boards of the Black Rock Center for the Arts, the Montgomery County Public Schools Educational Foundation, & the Indian Biomedical Association. She is a graduate of Leadership Montgomery (class of 2013) and in 2012, Miller served as an at large Delegate to the 2012 Democratic National Convention.
In 2013 Governor Martin O'Malley appointed Delegate Miller as a Commissioner to the Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin (ICPRB). The ICPRB's mission is to enhance, protect, and conserve the water and associated land resources of the Potomac River and its tributaries through regional and interstate cooperation.
In 1990, Miller moved to Montgomery County, Maryland where she married her college sweetheart, David Miller; they have three daughters: Meena, Chloe, and Sasha.
- "House of Delegates". Maryland Manual. Archived from the original on 28 January 2011. Retrieved 26 January 2011.
- "Aruna Miller". candidate website. Retrieved 26 January 2012.
- "India Abroad Report on Maryland Sister State". Retrieved 26 April 2011.
- "Governor O’Malley Announces Nearly $60 Million in Business Deals for Maryland, Touts Successful India Trade Mission". Retrieved 12 December 2011.
- "Maryland Delegate Aruna Miller announces participation in Trade Mission". Retrieved 26 November 2011.
- "Maryland Business Climate Workgroup". Retrieved January 2013.