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 by Bob Filner
Succeeded by Phil Roe
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 1st district
In office
October 16, 2001 – January 3, 2017
Preceded by Joe Scarborough
Succeeded by Matt Gaetz
Member of the Florida House of Representatives
from the 1st district
In office
1999–2001
Preceded by Jerry Burroughs
Succeeded by Greg Evers
Personal details
Born Jefferson Bingham Miller
(1959-06-27) June 27, 1959 (age 57)
St. Petersburg, Florida, U.S.
Political party Republican (1997–present)
Other political
affiliations
Democratic (Before 1997)
Spouse(s) Vicki Miller
Education University of Florida (BA)

Jefferson Bingham "Jeff" 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. He is a member of the Republican Party. The district includes all of Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes, and Washington Counties.

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 1998 to 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. 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 has been reelected six more times with only nominal opposition.

Miller announced that he will 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[6] and the Subcommittee on Military Research and Development[6]) and the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.[3]

During the 108th Congress, he served on the House Armed Services Committee (Subcommittee on Readiness[7] and the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Unconventional Threats and Capabilities[7]) and the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.[8]

During the 109th Congress, he served on the House Armed Services Committee (Subcommittee on Readiness[9] the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Unconventional Threats and Capabilities,[9] and the Subcommittee on Projection Forces[9]), the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, and the United States Select Bipartisan Committee on Hurricane Katrina Preparation/Response Investigation.[10]

Political positions[edit]

Miller typically votes along Republican party lines.

Foreign affairs[edit]

Economics[edit]

Government[edit]

  • Anti-house ethics rules[27]
  • Anti-lobbying reform[28]
  • Pro-cutting congressmembers' pay[29]

Social issues[edit]

Legislation sponsored[edit]

This is a partial list of legislation sponsored by Miller.

Electoral history[edit]

  • 2001 Special House Election – Florida 1st District
    • Jeff Miller (R) 66%
    • Steve Briese (D) 28%
    • John G. Ralls, Jr. (NPA) 6%
  • 2002 Race for U.S. House of Representatives – Florida 1st District – Republican Primary
    • Jeff Miller (R) (inc.), 64%
    • Mike Francisco (R), 36%
  • 2002 Race for U.S. House of Representatives – Florida 1st District
    • Jeff Miller (R) (inc.), 74%
    • Bert Oram (D), 26%
  • 2004 Race for U.S. House of Representatives – Florida 1st District
    • Jeff Miller (R) (inc.), 76%
    • Mark Coutu (D), 24%
  • 2006 Race for U.S. House of Representatives – Florida 1st District
    • Jeff Miller (R) (inc.), 69%
    • Joe Roberts (D), 30%
  • 2008 Race for U.S. House of Representatives – Florida 1st District
    • Jeff Miller (R) (inc.), 70%
    • Jim Bryan (D), 29%
  • 2010 Race for U.S. House of Representatives – Florida 1st District
    • Jeff Miller (R) (inc.), 81%
    • Joe Cantrell (NPA), 10%
    • John Krause (NPA), 8%
  • 2012 Race for U.S. House of Representatives – Florida 1st District
    • Jeff Miller (R) (inc.), 70%
    • Jim Bryan (D), 27%
    • Calen Fretts (LBT), 3%
  • 2014 Race for U.S. House of Representatives – Florida 1st District – Republican Primary
    • Jeff Miller (R) (inc.), 75%
    • John Krause (R), 25%
  • 2014 Race for U.S. House of Representatives – Florida 1st District
  • Jeff Miller (R) (inc.), 70%
    • Jim Bryan (D), 23%
    • Mark Wichern (NPA), 6%

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". 
  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. ^ a b "House Armed Services Subcomittee membership list, 107th Congress". Archived from the original on December 14, 2002. Retrieved 2006-03-03. 
  7. ^ a b "House Armed Services Subcomittee membership list, 108th Congress". Archived from the original on June 3, 2004. 
  8. ^ "Jeff Miller's Committee Membership". 
  9. ^ a b c "House Armed Services Subcomittee membership list". 
  10. ^ "Vote Smart info on Hurricane Katrina Preparation/Response Investigation Committee". 
  11. ^ "Jeff Miller on Dubai Port Deal". 
  12. ^ Jeff Miller on Defense (That region of the Gulf Coast has several military bases)
  13. ^ "Jeff Miller on Veterans' Benefits". 
  14. ^ "Jeff Miller on War & Peace". ontheissues.org. 
  15. ^ Voted Aye on S. 3930: Military Commissions Act of 2006
  16. ^ "Jeff Miller on the United Nations". 
  17. ^ "Bailout Roll Call" (PDF). 2008-09-29. Retrieved September 29, 2008. 
  18. ^ "Jeff Miller on Taxes". 
  19. ^ "Jeff Miller on Social Security". 
  20. ^ Jeff Miller on Telecommunications states that he supported H.R. 2052: Preservation of Localism, Program Diversity, and Competition in Television Broadcast Service Act
  21. ^ "Jeff Miller on Internet Radio". 
  22. ^ "Jeff Miller on Telecommunications". 
  23. ^ "Jeff Miller on Agriculture". 
  24. ^ Voted Aye on DR-CAFTA: H.R. 3045: Dominican Republic-Central America-United States Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act
  25. ^ "Jeff Miller on the Environment". 
  26. ^ http://americansforprosperity.org/noclimatetax//wp-content/uploads/2009/06/miller-jeff.pdf
  27. ^ Just how tangled up in the GOP Culture of Corruption is Jeff Miller?
  28. ^ Voted Nay on H. Res. 648: To eliminate floor privileges and access to Member exercise facilities for registered lobbyists...
  29. ^ "Jeff Miller on Government Reform". 
  30. ^ "Jeff Miller on Abortion". 
  31. ^ Voted Nay on H.R. 810: Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2005
  32. ^ Voted yea on H.R. 3313 (108th): Marriage Protection Act of 2004
  33. ^ Voted yea on H.J.Res. 88 (109th): Marriage Protection Amendment
  34. ^ Voted nay on H.R. 3685 (110th): Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2007
  35. ^ Voted no on H.R. 1913 (111th): Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009
  36. ^ Voted nay on H.R. 2965 (111th): Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act of 2010
  37. ^ "Jeff Miller on the Judiciary". 
  38. ^ "Jeff Miller on Immigration". 
  39. ^ "Jeff Miller on 2nd Amendment Rights". 
  40. ^ "Jeff Miller on Healthcare". 
  41. ^ "Jeff Miller on Education". 
  42. ^ "H.R. 2189 – Summary". United States Congress. Retrieved 28 October 2013. 
  43. ^ Thorp, Frank (3 December 2013). "House: Give loose change left at TSA gates to troop group". NBC News. Retrieved 3 December 2013. 
  44. ^ "H.R. 1095 – All Actions". United States Congress. Retrieved 3 December 2013. 
  45. ^ Kasperowicz, Pete (3 February 2014). "House votes to give vets in-state tuition rates". The Hill. Retrieved 5 February 2014. 
  46. ^ "H.R. 357 – Summary". United States Congress. Retrieved 4 February 2014. 
  47. ^ "H.R. 4031 – Summary". United States Congress. Retrieved 16 May 2014. 
  48. ^ 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. 
  49. ^ "H.R. 4810 – Summary". United States Congress. Retrieved 12 June 2014. 
  50. ^ "CBO – H.R. 4810" (PDF). Congressional Budget Office. Retrieved 12 June 2014. 
  51. ^ 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
  52. ^ Scott Bronstein and Drew Griffin. "A fatal wait: Veterans languish and die on a VA hospital's secret list". CNN. Retrieved 31 May 2014. 
  53. ^ Associated Press. "VA chief: 18 vets left off waiting list have died". The Washington Post. Retrieved 6 June 2014. 
  54. ^ Marcos, Cristina (10 June 2014). "House passes VA overhaul bill... twice". The Hill. Retrieved 12 June 2014. 

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

2001–2017
Succeeded by
Matt Gaetz
Preceded by
Bob Filner
Chair of the House Veterans' Affairs Committee
2011–2017
Succeeded by
Phil Roe