Derek E. Miller

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Derek E. Miller
Macomb County Treasurer
In office
February 1, 2016 – December 31, 2016
Preceded by Ted Wahby
Succeeded by Larry Rocca
Member of the Michigan House of Representatives
from the 28th district
In office
January 1, 2015 – February 1, 2016
Preceded by Jon Switalski
Succeeded by Patrick Green
Personal details
Political party Democratic
Alma mater Michigan State University (Political Science)
University of Detroit Mercy School of Law (J.D.)

Derek Miller is the Treasurer of Macomb County, Michigan. Previously, he was elected to the Michigan House of Representatives in 2014 and served as an Assistant Prosecutor in Macomb County.


Miller has been an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for Macomb County. He has served as a trial attorney for the Prosecutor's Office in both Circuit and District Courts. He also held a position in the Senior Crimes Unit, which specializes in prosecuting criminals who prey on the elderly. He also served as his office's liaison to Warren and Center Line's Drug Court and has served on the Roseville 39th District Sobriety Court. Prior to his career in law enforcement, Miller worked as a sole proprietor attorney. He received his bachelor's degree in political science from Michigan State University and Juris Doctorate from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law.

He was born and raised in Warren, where he graduated from Cousino High School and continues to make his birth city and state of Michigan home.[1]

Political career[edit]

After serving for four years in the Macomb County Prosecutor's Office[2] Miller sought to succeed term-limited state Rep. Jon Switalski in the Michigan House of Representatives. Miller won the Democratic nomination uncontested[3] and won the general election with ease,[2] defeating Republican Beth Foster, taking 64 percent of the vote.[4]

On December 5, 2015, Macomb County Treasurer Ted Wahby died at the age of 84, after being elected five times as treasurer and serving since 1995.[5] After an extended search, Miller was appointed Macomb County Treasurer on January 29, 2016.[6] Miller was sworn in as treasurer by Associate Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court David Viviano and formally resigned his seat in the state legislature on February 1, 2016.[7] Miller won the Democratic nomination uncontested for a full-term on August 2,[8] and was slated to face Republican Larry Rocca in the general election.

Miller was narrowly upset by Rocca in his bid for a full term, in what many believe was on the coattails of Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump. Trump garnered 54 percent of the vote in Macomb County, which also Republicans Candice Miller and Karen Spangler win countywide races as Public Works Commissioner and County Clerk respectively[9] and Trump became the first Republican to carry Michigan in a presidential election since 1988. Following the expiration of his term as County Treasurer, Miller will return to the Macomb County Prosecutor's Office as an assistant prosecutor.[10]

Family connections[edit]

His grandfather, Art Miller, became the first mayor of the city of Warren in 1957. His grandmother, Edna Miller, was the first woman elected Macomb County Clerk and served for over 28 years. Derek’s father, Art Miller Jr., served in the Michigan Senate from 1977-2003, where he was the Democratic Leader of the Senate. He sponsored and directed over 300 pieces of legislation during his 25 years of Senate leadership.[1]

Election Results[edit]

Michigan House of Representatives 28th District election, 2014[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Derek E. Miller 13,363 64.3 -7.2
Republican Beth Foster 7,425 35.7 +7.2
Majority 5,938 28.6 -14.4
Turnout 20,788 -38.1
Democratic hold
Macomb County Treasurer Election, 2016[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Larry Rocca 189.564 50.2 +7.8
Democratic Derek E. Miller (I) 187,952 49.8 -7.8
Majority 1,612 +0.4 -15.6
Turnout 377,516 +2.9
Swing to Republican from Democratic Swing


  1. ^ a b "Miller For Rep". Archived from the original on 2014-12-21. 
  2. ^ a b "Derek E. Miller - Macomb County Treasurer". Macomb County Treasurer's Office. Retrieved August 7, 2016. 
  3. ^ "2014 Michigan Election Results". Michigan Department of State. February 29, 2016. Retrieved August 7, 2016. 
  4. ^ "2014 Michigan Election Results". Michigan Department of State. February 22, 2016. Retrieved August 7, 2016. 
  5. ^ Mitch Hotts and Norb Franz (December 5, 2015). "Macomb County Treasurer Ted Wahby dies". The Macomb Daily. Retrieved August 7, 2016. 
  6. ^ Candice Williams (January 29, 2016). "Rep. Derek Miller appointed Macomb County treasurer". The Detroit News. Retrieved August 7, 2016. 
  7. ^ Holly Fournier and Candice Williams (February 1, 2016). "New Macomb Treasurer Miller sworn in; quits Legislature". The Detroit News. Retrieved August 7, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Election Results Treasurer One 4-year term". Macomb County Clerk's Office. August 3, 2016. Retrieved August 7, 2016. 
  9. ^ Christina Hall (November 10, 2016). "Is Macomb County taking a turn to the right politically?". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved December 18, 2016. 
  10. ^ Jameson Cook (December 15, 2016). "Outgoing county Treasurer Derek Miller rehired as assistant prosecutor". Macomb Famliy. Retrieved December 18, 2016. 
  11. ^ "Election Results - General Election - November 4, 2014". Michigan Department of State. February 22, 2016. Retrieved August 7, 2016. 
  12. ^ "Election Results - Treasurer One 4-year term". Macomb County Clerk/Register of Deeds. November 9, 2016. Retrieved November 17, 2016.