James C. Miller III

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Jim Miller
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Director of the Office of Management and Budget
In office
October 8, 1985 – October 16, 1988
President Ronald Reagan
Preceded by David Stockman
Succeeded by Joe Wright
Personal details
Born James Clifford Miller III
(1942-06-25) June 25, 1942 (age 75)
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) DeMaris Humphries (1961–present)
Children 3
Education University of Georgia (BBA)
University of Virginia (MA, PhD)
Website Official website

James Clifford "Jim" Miller III (born June 25, 1942, in Atlanta, Georgia) is a former U.S. government official and economist who served as chairman of the Federal Trade Commission between 1981 and 1985 and as Budget Director for President Ronald Reagan between 1985 and 1988. He also ran for United States Senate in Virginia, losing the Republican nomination at the convention to Oliver North in 1994 and losing the nomination in the primary to John Warner in 1996.[3][4][5]


Miller was born in Atlanta and grew up in Conyers, Georgia. He earned a B.B.A. in economics from the University of Georgia in 1964 and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Virginia in 1969.

Between 1977 and 1981, Miller was a resident scholar at the Center for the Study of Government Regulation at the American Enterprise Institute. From 1978 to 1981, he served as co-director of the center.

Miller was the first administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (April - October 1981) and the executive director of Vice President George H. W. Bush's Presidential Task Force on Regulatory Relief. From 1981 to 1985, he chaired the Federal Trade Commission. From October 1985 to October 1988, Miller was director of the United States Office of Management and Budget.

He is a distinguished fellow at the Center for Study of Public Choice at George Mason University.[6] He is also a senior fellow of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.[7]

He has been counselor to and a board member of the former Citizens for a Sound Economy[8] (1988–2002), a member of the boards of the Tax Foundation and the Progress and Freedom Foundation, and a member of the board of visitors of George Mason University and the U.S. Air Force Academy. In addition, Miller has been a director of LECG Economics-Finance, a member of the board of Independence Air, a member of the board of Washington Mutual Investors Fund, a member of the board of the Tax-Exempt Fund of Maryland, a member of the board of the Tax-Exempt Fund of Virginia, a member of the board of the J.P. Morgan Value Opportunities Fund, a member of the board of Clean Energy, a consultant to Freddie Mac, and chairman of the board of Economic Impact Analysts, Inc. (family-held consulting firm).[9]

From 2003 to 2006, Miller was chairman (or chairman emeritus) of the Capital Analysis Group (CapAnalysis), a division of the international law firm Howrey LLP. Currently, he is a senior advisor to international law firm of Husch Blackwell Sanders (merger dated March 1, 2008)[10] He was a member of the Board of Governors of the United States Postal Service (2003–2012), where he was elected chairman in 2005, 2006, and 2007.[11]

On November 9, 2009, it was announced that Miller was picked by the then Premier of the Cayman Islands William McKeeva Bush to lead an independent task force to examine new revenue options for the Cayman Islands Government. The Cayman Islands has no direct taxation although that may change as a result of an agreement with the United Kingdom Foreign and Commonwealth Office. The UK FCO allowed the Cayman Islands Government to borrow additional funds to meet capital and operational expenses as long as the Government agreed to look at ways in which to increase and stabilize its revenue base—direct taxation being the preferred solution.


  1. ^ "James Clifford Miller". Almanac of Famous People (fee, via Fairfax County Public Library). Gale. 2011. Gale Document Number: GALE: K1601049770. Retrieved 2013-01-21.  Gale Biography In Context. (subscription required)
  2. ^ "James C. Miller". Contemporary Authors Online. Detroit: Gale. 2008. Gale Document Number: GALE: H1000068712.  Gale Biography In Context. (subscription required)
  3. ^ Janofsky, Michael (June 3, 1994). "North Staff Not Taking A Victory As Assured". New York Times. Retrieved 2013-01-21. 
  4. ^ Daley, Steve (June 5, 1994). "Gop Nominates North In Virginia Senate Race". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2013-01-21. At a rollicking convention crowded with 15,000 delegates, North got 55 percent of the vote, defeating former Reagan Budget Director James C. Miller for the right to challenge Democratic Sen. Charles Robb this fall. 
  5. ^ Janofsky, Michael (June 13, 1996). "G.O.P. Debates Meaning of Warner's Victory". New York Times. Retrieved 2013-01-21. 
  6. ^ "Adjunct and Visiting Scholars". Center for Study of Public Choice. George Mason University. Retrieved 2013-01-21. ...distinguished fellow since 1988 
  7. ^ "James C. Miller III". Hoover Institution. July 10, 2012. Retrieved 2013-01-21. 
  8. ^ "Citizens for a Sound Economy - Staff Listing". Archived from the original on 2004-10-24. 
  9. ^ "STATEMENT OF JAMES C. MILLER III before the SUBCOMMITTEE ON ENERGY POLICY, NATURAL RESOURCES AND REGULATORY AFFAIRS of the COMMITTEE ON GOVERNMENT REFORM, U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES". March 12, 2002. Archived from the original on 2004-11-02. Retrieved 2016-11-05. Counselor to Citizens for a Sound Economy and John M. Olin Distinguished Fellow at Citizens for a Sound Economy Foundation 
  10. ^ "James C. Miller III". Husch Blackwell LLP. Retrieved 2013-01-21. .
  11. ^ Reilly, Sean (November 30, 2012). "Number of empty chairs on Postal Service board increasing". Federal Times. Retrieved 2013-01-21. James Miller, who headed the Office of Management and Budget during part of the Reagan administration, was on the board from 2003 until last year...  (blog)

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Political offices
Preceded by
David Stockman
Director of the Office of Management and Budget
Succeeded by
Joe Wright