Bob Miller (Nevada governor)

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Bob Miller
Bob Miller at an event, Dec 22, 1994 - cropped to Miller.jpg
26th Governor of Nevada
In office
January 3, 1989 – January 4, 1999
Lieutenant Sue Wagner
Lonnie Hammargren
Preceded by Richard Bryan
Succeeded by Kenny Guinn
29th Lieutenant Governor of Nevada
In office
January 5, 1987 – January 3, 1989
Governor Richard Bryan
Preceded by Bob Cashell
Succeeded by Sue Wagner
Personal details
Born Robert Joseph Miller
(1945-03-30) March 30, 1945 (age 69)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Sandy Miller
Residence Henderson, Nevada, U.S.
Alma mater Santa Clara University
Loyola Law School
Profession Attorney and politician
Military service
Service/branch United States Army Reserve
United States Air Force Reserve
Years of service 1967–1973
Battles/wars Vietnam War

Robert Joseph "Bob" Miller (born March 30, 1945) is an American attorney and politician. He was the 26th Governor of the U.S. state of Nevada from 1989 to 1999. He is a member of the Democratic Party.

The son of a Chicago bookie cite Son of a Gambling Man Thomas Dunne books, Bob Miller's family moved from Chicago, Illinois to Las Vegas, Nevada, and he graduated from Bishop Gorman High School in 1963 with honors. He graduated from the Santa Clara University in 1967, earning a degree in Political Science. Miller received his J.D. degree from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, California.

From 1967 to 1973, Miller served in the U.S. Army Reserve and later in the U.S. Air Force Reserve. At the same time he served as Clark County Deputy District Attorney, from 1971 to 1973. In 1979 Miller was elected to office of Clark County District Attorney, and was re-elected in 1982, becoming the first Clark County District Attorney to win re-election.[1] He served at this post until 1986. He was the President of the National District Attorney's Association in 1984.

He became the 29th Lieutenant Governor of Nevada for a four-year term on January 5, 1987. On January 3, 1989, Miller became Governor when his predecessor, Richard Bryan, resigned to become a U.S. Senator. Miller served as Governor until January 4, 1999. With a ten-year tenure he is Nevada's longest-serving governor, he was elected to two full four-year terms in 1990 and 1994, but lifetime term limits prevented him from seeking the governorship again in 1998. He was Chairman of the National Governors Association during 1997-1998.[1]

After leaving office, he worked for the law firm of Jones Vargas in its Las Vegas office from 1999–2005. During the 2008 presidential campaign he was the co-chair of Hillary Clinton's Governors Council.[2]

Miller presently serves on the board of directors of Wynn Resorts and International Game Technology.[1] He is the Principal of Robert J. Miller Consulting, which provides business to government and business to business advice and assistance. He is also a Senior Advisor with Dutko Worldwide, a bipartisan government relations company headquartered in Washington D.C.[3]

Miller's autobiography Son of a Gambling Man is scheduled to be released by Thomas Dunne Books in 2013.[4]

Miller is married and has three children, including Ross Miller, who was elected as Nevada Secretary of State in 2006, Corrine Liebe who lives in New York with her husband, and Megan who attends Law School in Los Angeles. He currently lives in Henderson, Nevada.


  1. ^ a b c "About us". Robert J. Miller Consulting. Retrieved 30 June 2011. 
  2. ^ Harasim, Paul (31 May 2007). "Clinton makes campaign stop". Las Vegas Review Journal. Retrieved 30 June 2011. 
  3. ^ "Bob Miller". Dutko Worldwide. Retrieved 30 June 2011. 
  4. ^ "Former Gov. Bob Miller to publish memoirs next year". Las Vegas Review Journal. Retrieved 30 June 2011. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Bob Cashell
Lieutenant Governor of Nevada
January 5, 1987 – January 3, 1989
Succeeded by
Sue Wagner
Preceded by
Richard Bryan
Governor of Nevada
January 3, 1989 – January 4, 1999
Succeeded by
Kenny Guinn
Preceded by
Tommy Thompson
Chairman of the National Governors Association
1996 – 1997
Succeeded by
George Voinovich