Jeff Miller (Florida politician)

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Jeff Miller
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Chair of the House Veterans' Affairs Committee
In office
January 3, 2011 – January 3, 2017
Preceded byBob Filner
Succeeded byPhil Roe
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 1st district
In office
October 16, 2001 – January 3, 2017
Preceded byJoe Scarborough
Succeeded byMatt Gaetz
Member of the Florida House of Representatives
from the 1st district
In office
November 3, 1998 – October 16, 2001
Preceded byJerry Burroughs
Succeeded byGreg Evers
Personal details
Born
Jefferson Bingham Miller

(1959-06-27) June 27, 1959 (age 62)
St. Petersburg, Florida, U.S.
Political partyRepublican (1997–present)
Other political
affiliations
Democratic (before 1997)
Spouse(s)Vicki Miller
EducationUniversity of Florida (BA)

Jefferson Bingham Miller (born June 27, 1959) is an American politician who served as the U.S. representative for Florida's 1st congressional district from 2001 to 2017. A member of the Republican Party, his district included all of Escambia County, Santa Rosa County, Okaloosa County, Walton County, Holmes County and Washington County.

Early life, education, and career[edit]

Miller was born in St. Petersburg, Florida. After graduating from Bronson High School in 1977, he served for one year under the National FFA Organization as Florida state Secretary. Miller went on to receive a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism[1] from the University of Florida in 1984.[2] He was a real estate broker and a deputy sheriff before taking public office.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Miller lives in the small town of Chumuckla, Florida (Native American word for "Healing Waters"), which is located about 20 miles northeast of Pensacola, Florida. He and his wife Vicki have two children and four grandchildren and are members of Olive Baptist Church.

Florida Legislature[edit]

Miller was an executive assistant to Democratic state Agriculture Commissioner Doyle Conner from 1984 to 1988. He was a Democrat until he switched parties in 1997.[4]

Miller was a member of the Florida House of Representatives from November 3, 1998 to October 16, 2001.[2] During his three years there, he was a member of the committees on Utilities & Telecommunications, Congressional Redistricting, Council for Ready Infrastructure, and Rules, Ethics & Elections. During his second term in the state house, Miller was chairman of the Utilities of Telecommunications Committee. He also oversaw a board in charge of community development in Escambia County.

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

Congressman Jeff Miller and Captain Enrique Sadsad cut a cake at Naval Air Station Whiting Field
Congressman Jeff Miller introduces former Senator and Republican party presidential candidate Fred Thompson at a Florida rally in 2007

After Republican incumbent Joe Scarborough resigned five months into his fourth term, Miller won a crowded six-way special Republican primary with 54 percent of the vote. By this time, the 1st had become the most Republican district in Florida, and one of the most Republican districts in the South. Thus, for all intents and purposes, Miller assured himself of becoming the district's next congressman with his primary victory. He won the special election with 66 percent of the vote. He won a full term in 2002 with 75 percent of the vote, and was reelected six more times with only nominal opposition, never dropping below 69 percent of the vote. He didn't face a major-party challenger in 2006 or 2010.

Miller announced that he would not seek reelection during the 2016 elections.[5]

Committee assignments[edit]

Caucus memberships[edit]

During the 107th Congress, he served on the House Armed Services Committee (Subcommittee on Total Force[7] and the Subcommittee on Military Research and Development[7]) and the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.[3]

During the 108th Congress, he served on the House Armed Services Committee (Subcommittee on Readiness[8] and the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Unconventional Threats and Capabilities[8]) and the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.[9]

During the 109th Congress, he served on the House Armed Services Committee (Subcommittee on Readiness[10] the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Unconventional Threats and Capabilities,[10] and the Subcommittee on Projection Forces[10]), the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, and the United States Select Bipartisan Committee on Hurricane Katrina Preparation/Response Investigation.[11]

Political positions[edit]

Miller typically votes along Republican party lines.

Foreign affairs[edit]

Economics[edit]

Government[edit]

  • Anti-house ethics rules[28]
  • Anti-lobbying reform[29]
  • Pro-cutting congressmembers' pay[30]

Social issues[edit]

Legislation sponsored[edit]

This is a partial list of legislation sponsored by Miller.

Electoral history[edit]

2001[edit]

Florida's 1st congressional district special election, 2001[51]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jeff Miller 53,547 65.68
Democratic Steve Briese 22,695 27.99
Independent John G. Ralls, Jr. 5,115 6.31
Write-in 14 0.02
Total votes 81,071 100.0
Republican hold

2002[edit]

Florida's 1st congressional district election, 2002[52]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jeff Miller 41,990 64.4
Republican Mike Francisco 23,164 35.6
Total votes 65,154 100.0
Florida's 1st congressional district election, 2002[53]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jeff Miller 152,635 74.6
Democratic Steve Briese 51,972 25.4
Independent Tom Wells 19 0.0
Total votes 204,626 100.0
Republican hold

2004[edit]

Florida's 1st congressional district election, 2004
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jeff Miller (incumbent) 236,604 76.5
Democratic Mark S. Coutu 72,506 23.5
Total votes 309,110 100.0
Republican hold

2006[edit]

Florida's 1st congressional district election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jeff Miller (incumbent) 135,786 68.54
Democratic Joe Roberts 62,340 31.46
Total votes 198,126 100.0
Republican hold

2008[edit]

Florida's 1st congressional district election, 2008[54]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jeff Miller (incumbent) 232,559 70.2
Democratic Jim Bryan 98,797 29.8
Total votes 331,356 100.0
Republican hold

2010[edit]

Florida's 1st congressional district election, 2010
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jeff Miller (incumbent) 168,899 81
Independent Joe Cantrell 22,763 11
Independent John Krause 17,869 9
Total votes 209,531 100

2012[edit]

Florida's 1st congressional district, 2012 [55]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jeff Miller (incumbent) 238,440 69.6
Democratic Jim Bryan 92,961 27.1
Libertarian Calen Fretts 11,176 3.3
Independent William Cleave (write-in) 17 0.0
Total votes 342,594 100.0
Republican hold

2014[edit]

Republican primary results[56]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jeff Miller (incumbent) 44,784 75.3
Republican John E Krause 14,660 24.7
Total votes 59,444 100.0
Florida's 1st congressional district, 2014[57]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jeff Miller (incumbent) 165,086 70.1
Democratic Jim Bryan 54,976 23.4
Independent Mark Wichern 15,281 6.5
Total votes 235,343 100.0
Republican hold

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jeff Miller at NNDB".
  2. ^ a b "Jeff Miller's Florida House of Representatives Profile".
  3. ^ a b "Jeff Miller's Profile". Archived from the original on 2006-03-01.
  4. ^ "Jeff Miller's AP Candidate Profile".
  5. ^ Isern, Will (March 10, 2016). "Jeff Miller will not seek re-election". Pensacola News Journal. Retrieved March 11, 2016.
  6. ^ "Members". Congressional Constitution Caucus. Retrieved 8 May 2018.
  7. ^ a b "House Armed Services Subcommittee membership list, 107th Congress". Archived from the original on December 14, 2002. Retrieved 2006-03-03.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  8. ^ a b "House Armed Services Subcommittee membership list, 108th Congress". Archived from the original on June 3, 2004.
  9. ^ "Jeff Miller's Committee Membership". Archived from the original on 2006-03-01. Retrieved 2006-03-03.
  10. ^ a b c "House Armed Services Subcommittee membership list". Archived from the original on 2004-06-03. Retrieved 2006-03-03.
  11. ^ "Vote Smart info on Hurricane Katrina Preparation/Response Investigation Committee". Archived from the original on 2006-02-13. Retrieved 2006-03-06.
  12. ^ "Jeff Miller on Dubai Port Deal". Archived from the original on 2006-03-01. Retrieved 2006-03-01.
  13. ^ Jeff Miller on Defense Archived 2006-03-01 at the Wayback Machine (That region of the Gulf Coast has several military bases)
  14. ^ "Jeff Miller on Veterans' Benefits". Archived from the original on 2006-03-01. Retrieved 2006-03-01.
  15. ^ "Jeff Miller on War & Peace". ontheissues.org.
  16. ^ Voted Aye on S. 3930: Military Commissions Act of 2006
  17. ^ "Jeff Miller on the United Nations".[permanent dead link]
  18. ^ "Bailout Roll Call" (PDF). 2008-09-29. Retrieved September 29, 2008.
  19. ^ "Jeff Miller on Taxes". Archived from the original on 2006-03-01. Retrieved 2006-03-01.
  20. ^ "Jeff Miller on Social Security". Archived from the original on 2006-03-01. Retrieved 2006-03-01.
  21. ^ Jeff Miller on Telecommunications Archived 2006-03-01 at the Wayback Machine states that he supported H.R. 2052: Preservation of Localism, Program Diversity, and Competition in Television Broadcast Service Act
  22. ^ "Jeff Miller on Internet Radio". Archived from the original on 2007-05-16. Retrieved 2007-05-03.
  23. ^ "Jeff Miller on Telecommunications". Archived from the original on 2006-03-01.
  24. ^ "Jeff Miller on Agriculture". Archived from the original on 2006-03-01. Retrieved 2006-03-01.
  25. ^ Voted Aye on DR-CAFTA: H.R. 3045: Dominican Republic-Central America-United States Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act
  26. ^ "Jeff Miller on the Environment". Archived from the original on 2006-03-01. Retrieved 2006-03-01.
  27. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-10-15. Retrieved 2014-10-08.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  28. ^ Just how tangled up in the GOP Culture of Corruption is Jeff Miller?
  29. ^ Voted Nay on H. Res. 648: To eliminate floor privileges and access to Member exercise facilities for registered lobbyists...
  30. ^ "Jeff Miller on Government Reform". Archived from the original on 2006-03-01. Retrieved 2006-03-03.
  31. ^ "Jeff Miller on Abortion". Archived from the original on 2006-03-01. Retrieved 2006-03-01.
  32. ^ Voted Nay on H.R. 810: Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2005
  33. ^ "Jeff Miller on Civil Rights". On the Issues.
  34. ^ "Jeff Miller on Immigration". Archived from the original on 2006-03-01. Retrieved 2006-03-01.
  35. ^ "Jeff Miller on 2nd Amendment Rights". Archived from the original on 2006-03-01. Retrieved 2006-03-01.
  36. ^ "Jeff Miller on Healthcare". Archived from the original on 2006-03-01. Retrieved 2006-03-01.
  37. ^ "Jeff Miller on Education". Archived from the original on 2006-03-01. Retrieved 2006-03-01.
  38. ^ "H.R. 2189 – Summary". United States Congress. Retrieved 28 October 2013.
  39. ^ Thorp, Frank (3 December 2013). "House: Give loose change left at TSA gates to troop group". NBC News. Retrieved 3 December 2013.
  40. ^ "H.R. 1095 – All Actions". United States Congress. Retrieved 3 December 2013.
  41. ^ Kasperowicz, Pete (3 February 2014). "House votes to give vets in-state tuition rates". The Hill. Retrieved 5 February 2014.
  42. ^ "H.R. 357 – Summary". United States Congress. 4 February 2014. Retrieved 4 February 2014.
  43. ^ "H.R. 4031 – Summary". United States Congress. Retrieved 16 May 2014.
  44. ^ Gehrke, Joel (17 May 2014). "Veterans Affairs official resigns as White House says there's 'just a suggestion' of scandal". The Washington Examiner. Retrieved 21 May 2014.
  45. ^ "H.R. 4810 – Summary". United States Congress. 11 June 2014. Retrieved 12 June 2014.
  46. ^ "CBO – H.R. 4810" (PDF). Congressional Budget Office. Retrieved 12 June 2014.
  47. ^ Griffin, Richard J., Acting Inspector General, Interim Report: Review of Patient Wait Times, Scheduling Practices, and Alleged Patient Deaths at the Phoenix Health Care System, VA Office of Inspector General, Veterans Health Administration, Dept. of Veterans Affairs, May 28, 2014, 14-02603-178, Washington, D.C., retrieved June 7, 2014
  48. ^ Scott Bronstein and Drew Griffin (24 April 2014). "A fatal wait: Veterans languish and die on a VA hospital's secret list". CNN. Retrieved 31 May 2014.
  49. ^ Associated Press. "VA chief: 18 vets left off waiting list have died". The Washington Post. Archived from the original on 7 June 2014. Retrieved 6 June 2014.
  50. ^ Marcos, Cristina (10 June 2014). "House passes VA overhaul bill... twice". The Hill. Retrieved 12 June 2014.
  51. ^ "October 16, 2001 Special General, Congress 1 & House 1". Florida Department of State Division of Elections. Retrieved May 15, 2017.
  52. ^ "2002 United States House of Representatives Republican primary results in Florida's 1st congressional district". Retrieved 2021-04-11.
  53. ^ "2002 United States House of Representatives election results in Florida's 1st congressional district". Retrieved 2021-04-11.
  54. ^ "Florida Department of State Division of Elections - November 4, 2008 General Election". Secretary of State of Florida. Archived from the original on April 25, 2009. Retrieved 2009-01-17.
  55. ^ "Florida Department of State - Election Results".
  56. ^ "2014 Primary Election August 26, 2014 Official Results". Florida Division of Elections. Retrieved 3 September 2014.
  57. ^ "Florida Department of State - Election Results".

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 1st congressional district

2001–2017
Succeeded by
Preceded by Chair of the House Veterans' Affairs Committee
2011–2017
Succeeded by