Brad Miller (politician)

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Brad Miller
Congressman Brad Miller 2012.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Carolina's 13th district
In office
January 3, 2003 – January 3, 2013
Preceded by None (District re-established after 2000 Census)
Succeeded by George Holding
Personal details
Born (1953-05-19) May 19, 1953 (age 61)
Fayetteville, North Carolina
Political party Democratic
Residence Raleigh, North Carolina
Alma mater University of North Carolina
London School of Economics
Columbia Law School
Profession Attorney
Religion Episcopalian

Ralph Bradley "Brad" Miller (born May 19, 1953) is the former U.S. Representative for North Carolina's 13th congressional district, serving from 2003 to 2013. District 13 includes all of Caswell and Person counties, and parts of Alamance, Granville, Guilford, Rockingham and Wake counties. He is a member of the Democratic Party.

Early life, education, and law career[edit]

Miller was born in Fayetteville, North Carolina to Margaret Hale Miller and Nathan David Miller.[1] He attended Terry Sanford Senior High School in Fayetteville.[citation needed]

Miller earned a BA degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1975, a Master's degree from the London School of Economics in 1978, and a Juris Doctor from Columbia Law School in 1979. After graduation he served as clerk to Judge J. Dickson Phillips, Jr. of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

Miller practiced Law in Raleigh before entering politics.

North Carolina legislature[edit]

He was a member of the North Carolina House of Representatives from 1992 until 1994 and a member of the North Carolina Senate from 1996 to 2002.[2]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

Elections[edit]

In 2002, Miller was elected to represent North Carolina's 13th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives. Following the 2000 Census, Miller had a hand in redrawing the district map which established NC 13.[3] During the 2002 election, Miller advanced from a crowded Democratic primary, which included former Congressman Robin Britt, to defeat Republican Carolyn Grant and a Libertarian candidate with roughly 55% of the vote. Grant later sued Miller alleging, among other things, that he and his campaign defamed her in an October 2002 television advertisement.[4] She later dropped the suit after she failed to comply with several court orders.[citation needed]

Miller was elected to his second term in the 2004 Congressional elections, earning 59% of the vote and defeating Republican Virginia Johnson.

Miller's opponent in the 2006 race was Vernon Robinson, a conservative African American politician who is a former city council member and current resident of Winston-Salem, North Carolina (outside the thirteenth congressional district). Robinson was able to garner national attention due to his bombastic and exaggerative rhetoric.[5][6][7] Robinson made several accusations against Miller, including that he was cutting money from troops to study the sex lives of prostitutes,[8] that Miller was gay, despite having a wife,[5] and that he was allowing illegal immigrants to sneak into America.[9] Miller defeated Robinson 63.71% to 36.29%.[10]

In 2007 Miller considered a run for the U.S. Senate against incumbent Elizabeth Dole[11][12] but decided against it.[13] Later, he ruled out running against Sen. Richard Burr in 2010.[14]

After the 2010 United States Census, Republicans who controlled the state's General Assembly redrew the districts. In the process, they placed Miller into a district stretching from northern Raleigh all the way to Surry County on the other side of the state. While Barack Obama carried the old 13th fairly handily with 59 percent of the vote, John McCain would have won the reconfigured 13th with 56 percent of the vote.[15]

However, after 1st District Congressman G. K. Butterfield raised objections that the new map violated the rights of African-American voters in the eastern part of the state, the state legislature was forced to redraw the map again.[16] The new plan made the 13th more compact, taking in territory from areas just west of Raleigh to just east of Rocky Mount. However, it is still significantly more Republican than its predecessor; McCain would have won it with 54 percent.[17] The new map also placed Miller's apartment complex 50 yards inside the 4th district, represented by fellow Democrat David Price, but left the rest of Miller's precinct in the 13th.[18] On January 26, 2012, Miller announced that he would not seek re-election to Congress.[19]

Tenure[edit]

Education

Miller co-founded and co-chairs the bipartisan congressional Community College caucus, which educates members of Congress on the importance of community colleges.[20] For his efforts, he was recognized with the Congressional Award from the Council for Resource Development.[21]

Healthcare reform

Miller voted for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[22][23]

Financial reform

The Mortgage Reform and Anti-Predatory Lending Act of 2009 In Congress, Miller served on the House Financial Services Committee, where he has worked to protect consumers from abusive lending, especially predatory mortgage lending. In 2007 and 2009 the House passed comprehensive federal mortgage lending reform legislation authored by Miller, but neither bill was subsequently considered in the Senate.[24]

Financial Product Safety Commission Act of 2009

In 2009 Miller introduced legislation with Rep. Bill Delahunt (D-MA) to establish a Financial Product Safety Commission. The bill, modeled on a concept proposed by Harvard Law School Professor Elizabeth Warren, was subsequently included in the financial regulatory reform package announced by Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner on July 24, 2009.[25]

Emergency Homeownership and Mortgage Equity Protection Act of 2007

On September 20, 2007 Miller introduced H.R. 3609, becoming the first member of Congress to propose that bankruptcy courts be allowed to modify the mortgage debt of persons in foreclosure or against whom foreclosure proceedings had been commenced.[26]

AIG Hearing

On March 18, 2009 Miller, a member of the Financial Services Committee, excoriated American International Group (AIG) Chairman Edward Liddy during testimony pertaining to the insurance company's controversial financial policies following its receipt of federal assistance. Miller cited AIG's allocation of $49.5 billion of taxpayer resources toward bank credit insurance policies, criticizing the company for acting to compromise "market discipline."[27]

Repeal of Defense of Marriage Act

In September 2011, Miller announced that he will co-sponsor a bill that would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, the 1996 law that forbids federal agencies from recognizing the legal marriages of gay and lesbian couples. Describing the legislation, Miller said "North Carolina would still not be required to perform civil marriage, but it would be required to recognize marriages performed in other states.” The announcement comes on the heels of the North Carolina Legislature announcing that it would included a proposed constitutional amendment on the next ballot banning gay marriage.[28]

Environment

Miller was originally in favor of having the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF) located close to his district in Butner, North Carolina, but changed his mind after his constituents objected to the project.[29]

Committee assignments[edit]

In January 2007 Miller was named to the House Foreign Affairs Committee.[30] Soon thereafter he was appointed chairman of the new Science and Technology Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight.[31]

Caucus memberships[edit]

  • African Great Lakes Caucus (Co-Chair)
  • Congressional Bike Caucus
  • Congressional Caucus on Youth Sports
  • Congressional Community College Caucus (Co-Chair)
  • International Conservation Caucus
  • Congressional Arts Caucus

Quotes[edit]

  • "Eighty percent is not the bottom end. That’s the vast majority of workers not sharing in economic prosperity from production increases." (2006, to Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke)
  • "With tax cuts going to the people who receive inherited wealth, can you identify a single policy of this Congress or the Bush Administration that appears directed at closing income inequality or the concentration of wealth?" (2006, also to Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke)
  • "For four years, patriotic Americans, Democrats and Republicans alike, have anguished over events in Iraq, and given deep and prayerful thought to alternatives. But the Bush Administration dismissed and insulted dissenters, and often made fierce attempts to discredit them. Not even General Eric Shinseki, the Chief of Staff of the Army, or James Baker, Secretary of State for the first President Bush, were spared. And the Bush Administration has treated criticisms of Members of Congress as meddling, as sticking our nose in their war. House Democrats have offered plan after plan to alter our course in Iraq, and House Republicans greeted every plan with strident attack." (February 16, 2007)

Personal life[edit]

Miller is an occasional blogger at the Daily Kos.[32]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Denis Larionov & Alexander Zhulin. "Read the ebook North Carolina manual[serial] (Volume 1993-1994) by North Carolina Secretary of State". Ebooksread.com. 
  2. ^ Campaign website biography
  3. ^ map
  4. ^ The News & Observer
  5. ^ a b newsobserver.com|Contest for 13th already strident
  6. ^ newsobserver.com|The birth of rumor ill-sired
  7. ^ newsobserver.com|Attacks fly fast in 13th debate
  8. ^ FactCheck.org: "XXX" Marks the Spot Where Campaign Ads Head South
  9. ^ [1][dead link]
  10. ^ "US Congressional District 13". 2006 General Election Results. NC State Board of Elections. Retrieved 16 September 2011. 
  11. ^ newsobserver.com|Miller looking at Senate race
  12. ^ Winston-Salem Journal
  13. ^ Draft dodger?|newsobserver.com projects
  14. ^ Miller won't challenge Burr; others mum
  15. ^ http://www.ncleg.net/GIS/RandR07/District_Plans/PlanPage_DB_2011.asp?Plan=Rucho-Lewis_Congress_1&Body=Congress
  16. ^ Morrill, Jim. GOP redraws district map. The Charlotte Observer, 2011-07-15.
  17. ^ Stat Pack for NC General Assembly Rucho-Lewis Congress 3 plan for redistricting- PDF
  18. ^ Leslie, Laura. No primary fight for Miller, Price. WRAL-TV, 2011-07-19.
  19. ^ http://abclocal.go.com/wtvd/index
  20. ^ Congressman Brad Miller : Home
  21. ^ Congressman Brad Miller : Home
  22. ^ "House Vote 163 - Procedural Vote on Health Care - NYTimes.com". Politics.nytimes.com. 
  23. ^ "Voting History: Rep. Bradley Miller [D, NC-13] - U.S. Congress". OpenCongress. 
  24. ^ "Read The Bill: H.R. 3915 [110th]". GovTrack.us. 
  25. ^ "H.R. 1705: Financial Product Safety Commission Act of 2009". GovTrack.us. 
  26. ^ "H.R. 3609 [110th]: Emergency Home Ownership and Mortgage Equity Protection Act of 2007]". GovTrack.us. 
  27. ^ "Miller attacks AIG head at hearing | newsobserver.com projects". Projects.newsobserver.com. 
  28. ^ Santoscoy, Carlos. "Brad Miller To Co-Sponsor DOMA Repeal; Says NC Gay Marriage Ban Political". On Top Magazine. On Top Magazine. Retrieved 19 September 2011. 
  29. ^ Sorg, Lisa (2008-10-15). "B.J. Lawson, The Hybrid Candidate". Independent Weekly. 
  30. ^ newsobserver.com|Speaker vote sparks talk of deal with GOP
  31. ^ newsobserver.com|Edwards says Iran must not get nuclear bomb
  32. ^ Daily Kos :: Diaries

External links[edit]

United States House of Representatives
New district Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Carolina's 13th congressional district

2003–2013
Succeeded by
George Holding
New title Chairman of House Science Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight
2007-2011
Succeeded by
Paul Broun