Jeff Miller (Tennessee politician)

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Jeff A. Miller (born November 9, 1962) was a Republican member of the Tennessee Senate. Miller is an attorney from Cleveland, Tennessee.

Biography[edit]

He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.

As a State Senator, Miller was a strong opponent of a state income tax. He also led efforts to put a constitutional amendment on the ballot to ban same-sex marriage.[1] He was instrumental in the imposition of the state lottery, ensuring that all money collected was directed to education, and passed the "sales tax holiday", providing Tennesseans with a weekend during which they can buy clothing, school supplies, and qualifying computers without paying sales tax.

Miller has served a total of three terms in the state senate; he previously announced his intention to retire after the end of his second term in 2002 but subsequently reconsidered and was again re-elected. In February 2006 Miller announced that he would not seek a fourth term.

In January 2009, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation raided his Cleveland law office, alleging Miller may have over-billed the Bradley County while he served as the delinquent tax attorney.[2] Miller was arraigned in May 2009 on misconduct and conspiracy charges.[3] At trial, the judge dismissed two of the three charges before the defense put on any proof. When the state rested, the defense opted not to move forward and the jury found Miller not guilty of the last charge.[4]

Miller now practices law full-time in Cleveland, Tennessee.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Beth Maples-Bays, 'Miller divorce finalized', Out & About Newspaper, Vol. 5, No. 2, 2006, p. 1-12 [1]
  2. ^ Todd South, 'Bradley County: Miller 'surprised' at misconduct charges', The Chattanooga Times Free Press, March 26, 2009 [2]
  3. ^ 'Former State Senator Miller Arrested By TBI On Overbilling Charges', March 25, 2009, The Chattanoogan [3]
  4. ^ Nashville Post Politics