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 71)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Political party Democratic (1986–present)
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 1967–73
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.

Miller moved with his family to Las Vegas, Nevada as a child. His father, Ross Miller, was a bookmaker, who, according to his son's 2013 autobiography, Son of a Gambling Man[1] had operated on both sides of the law on some of the meaner streets of industrial Chicago.

Bob Miller attended Roman Catholic schools. He graduated from Bishop Gorman High School in 1963 with honors, and from Santa Clara University in 1967, earning a degree in political science. He received his J.D. degree from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, California.[1][2]

Miller served in the U.S. Army Reserve from 1967-73, and later in the U.S. Air Force Reserve. He served as Clark County Deputy District Attorney from 1971-73. In 1978 Miller was elected Clark County District Attorney, and in 1982 became the first holder of that office to win re-election.[2] 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 decade in office made him Nevada's longest-serving governor. Lifetime term limits prevented him from seeking re-election in 1998. In 1997-98, he served as chairman of the National Governors Association.[2]

Miller presently serves on the board of directors of Wynn Resorts and International Game Technology.[2] 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 and his wife, Sandy, have three children, including Ross Miller, who was elected as Nevada Secretary of State in 2006, Corrine Liebe and Megan Miller. He and his wife currently live in Henderson, Nevada.


  1. ^ a b "Former Gov. Bob Miller to publish memoirs next year". Las Vegas Review Journal. Retrieved June 30, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d "About us". Robert J. Miller Consulting. Retrieved June 30, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Bob Miller". Dutko Worldwide. Retrieved June 30, 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