Yvonne B. Miller

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Yvonne B. Miller
Yvonne B. Miller 2008-08-25.jpg
Yvonne B. Miller at the 2008 Democratic National Convention
Member of the Virginia Senate
from the 5th district
In office
1988 – July 3, 2012
Preceded by Peter Babalas
Succeeded by Kenny Alexander
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates
from the 89th district
In office
Preceded by Bob Washington
Succeeded by Jerrauld Jones
Personal details
Born Yvonne Bond
(1934-07-04)July 4, 1934
Edenton, North Carolina, U.S.
Died July 3, 2012(2012-07-03) (aged 77)
Norfolk, Virginia, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Residence Norfolk, Virginia, U.S.
Alma mater Norfolk State University
Columbia University
University of Pittsburgh
Profession Educator, politician
Committees Transportation (chair); Commerce and Labor; Finance; Rehabilitation and Social Services; Rules
Religion Church of God in Christ

Yvonne Bond Miller (July 4, 1934 – July 3, 2012) was an American politician. A Democrat, she served in the Virginia House of Delegates 1984–87 after which she was elected to the Senate of Virginia. She was the first African-American woman to serve in each house. She most recently represented the 5th district, made up of parts of the cities of Norfolk, Chesapeake and Virginia Beach.[1][2]

At the time of her death, Miller was the longest serving woman in the Virginia Senate, ranking 4th in overall seniority. In 1996, she became the first woman to chair a Senate committee.[2][3]

Personal life[edit]

Miller was born in Edenton, North Carolina to John T. and Pency C. Bond, and raised in Norfolk, the eldest of thirteen children. She attended all-black Norfolk Division of Virginia State College(now Norfolk State University)for two years then two years later in 1956 she received a B.S. degree from the segregated, all-black Virginia State College in Petersburg, now Virginia State University, and began teaching in the then-segregated Norfolk Public Schools.[1][2][4]

Miller later earned an M.A. degree in the summer Teacher's College program at Columbia University and a Ph.D from the University of Pittsburgh. She joined the education faculty at Norfolk State, becoming a professor and head of the Department of Early Childhood/Elementary Education. In 1999 she retired and was named Professor Emeritus.[2]

Miller was a lifetime member and an Evangelist Missionary in the Church Of God In Christ,Inc., a lifetime member of the NAACP, also she was a lifetime member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority. On July 3, 2012, Miller died in her Norfolk home from stomach cancer, one day shy of her 78th birthday.[5]



  1. ^ a b Senate of Virginia bio
  2. ^ a b c d "Senator Miller". Yvonne B. Miller; State Senator, Virginia. Retrieved 2009-01-26. 
  3. ^ "Seniority". Senate of Virginia. Retrieved 2009-01-26. 
  4. ^ Batts, Denise Watson (2008-10-03). "The Norfolk 17 face a hostile reception as schools reopen". The Virginian-Pilot. Retrieved 2009-01-26. 
  5. ^ Notice of Yvonne Miller's death

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