Pam Miller

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Pam Miller
Mayor of Lexington
In office
Preceded by Scotty Baesler
Succeeded by Teresa Isaac
Personal details
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Dr. Ralph E. Miller, Jr.
Alma mater Smith College

Pam Miller served as the mayor of Lexington, Kentucky from 1993 to 2003. On January 3, 1993, she became Lexington's first woman mayor.[1] She was first elected to the Urban County Council in 1973 and was the first woman elected to public office in the city.[2] She served from 1974 to 1977 and again from 1980 to 1993. She served as vice-mayor before becoming mayor after the resignation of Scotty Baesler, who was elected to the United States Congress in 1992. She was elected mayor in 1994 and again in 1998, though she chose not to run for a third full term in 2002.

Under her leadership, Lexington developed an Urban Area Greenspace Plan in 1994.[3] In 1995, she founded Partners for Youth, a non-profit organization that serves as a clearinghouse for funding programs for youth in Lexington.[4] This development occurred after the shooting and killing of Antonio Orlando Sullivan, an eighteen-year-old African American male, by a white police officer in October 1994 which had caused a public outcry.[5]

Upon her retirement as mayor, Pam Miller remained active in civic affairs. She became a member and then chair of the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence (serving as chair from 2006 to 2010), and the Lexington Opera Society (chair, 2007–2009).[6] Governor Steve Beshear appointed her to the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education in 2008,[7] and served as the Council's vice chair from February 2010 to December 2011. She was elected as the Council's chair in 2012[8] and has been reappointed in that leadership role each year since. Her current term on the Council ends on December 31, 2018.[9]


Miller earned her bachelor's degree in European history, magna cum laude, from Smith College in 1960.[6] She taught history and French in Connecticut. She married physician and former Olympic alpine skier Dr. Ralph E. Miller, Jr. in 1962. They had three children: two boys and one girl. She worked for the Congressional Quarterly in Washington D.C. from 1962 to 1965 as a reporter and editor. From 1966 to 1969 she a grant writer at Boston ABCD (Action for Boston Community Development), an anti-poverty and community development organization.[6] She also worked for The Boston Globe.

The Millers left Boston in 1969 when Dr. Miller got a Research Fellowship in Neuroendocrinology at Stanford University in California. They came to Lexington in 1970 from California when Dr. Miller was hired at the University of Kentucky to be a professor of pharmacology.[10] Soon after that, Pam Miller started in 1972 what is now the Lexington Farmers Market.[11]


On September 12, 2002, Mayor Miller was presented by the University of Kentucky with a rose created to honor her and her service to the city of Lexington.[12]


  1. ^ "Lexington's Memorable Mayors". WikiLex: A History Hub. Lexington History Museum. Retrieved April 27, 2014. 
  2. ^ Martin, Emily (February 8, 2014). "Lexington is Full of Pioneers". Write on Broadway. Retrieved April 27, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Lexington-Fayette County Greenspace Plan". L.F.U.C.G. Planning Commission. Lexington, Kentucky: Lexington-Fayette County Urban County Government. August 1994. Retrieved April 27, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Our history". Partners For Youth. Lexington, Kentucky. Retrieved April 27, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Black unrest in Lexington, Ky". New York Times. October 26, 1994. Retrieved April 27, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b c "Pam Miller". Martin School of Public Policy and Administration. University of Kentucky. Retrieved April 27, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Pam Miller and Dan Flanagan to lead CPE". CPE Insight. Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education. March 2012. Retrieved April 27, 2014. 
  8. ^ Lytle, Alan (January 3, 2012). "Former Mayor Pam Miller To Chair CPE". WUKY. Retrieved April 27, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Pam Miller bio". Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education. Retrieved April 27, 2014. 
  10. ^ "2003 Recipients - Dr. Ralph E. Miller". Hellenic Ideals Program of the Bluegrass. Retrieved April 27, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Interview of Former Mayor Pam Miller". Farmers Market Oral History. College of Arts and Sciences HIVE, University of Kentucky. March 16, 2012. 
  12. ^ Lewis, George (September 12, 2002). "UK College of Agriculture Names Rose in Honor of Lexington Mayor Pam Miller". UK Public Relations Archive. University of Kentucky. Retrieved April 27, 2014. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Scotty Baesler
Mayor of Lexington, Kentucky
Succeeded by
Teresa Isaac