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 70)
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, serving from 1989 to 1999. He is a member of the Democratic Party.

The son of a Chicago bookie, Bob Miller moved with his family to Las Vegas, Nevada, and graduated from Bishop Gorman High School in 1963 with honors. He graduated from 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.

Miller served in the U.S. Army Reserve from 1967 to 1973, and later in the U.S. Air Force Reserve. He served as Clark County Deputy District Attorney from 1971 to 1973. In 1978 Miller was elected Clark County District Attorney, and in 1982 became the first holder of that office to win re-election.[1] He was president of the National District Attorneys Association in 1984.

Elected the 29th Lieutenant Governor of Nevada in 1986, Miller was sworn in for a four-year term on January 5, 1987. On January 3, 1989, Miller succeeded to the governorship when Richard Bryan resigned to take a seat in the U.S. Senate. Miller was elected to two full four-year terms as Governor, in 1990 and 1994, and served until January 4, 1999; his ten years in office make him Nevada's longest-serving governor. Lifetime term limits prevented him from seeking re-election in 1998. In 1997-1998 Miller was chairman of the National Governors Association.[1]

After leaving office, Miller worked for the law firm of Jones Vargas in its Las Vegas office from 1999–2005. During the 2008 presidential campaign he co-chaired 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, was 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 Miller, 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