Paula Miller

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Paula J. Miller
Paula Miller 2008-08-16.jpg
Paula Miller, August 16, 2008
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates
from the 87th district
In office
January 2005 – January 11, 2012
Preceded by Thelma Drake
Succeeded by David Ramadan
Personal details
Born ( 1959 -08-01) August 1, 1959 (age 57)
Batavia, New York
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) George E. Schaefer, III
Children George E. Schaefer, IV; Molly Schaefer
Residence Norfolk, Virginia
Alma mater Genesee Community College, State University of New York at Geneseo
Occupation Public information officer
Committees Militia, Police and Public Safety; Science and Technology
Religion Roman Catholic

Paula Jean Miller (born August 1, 1959) is an American politician. She was a Democratic member of the Virginia House of Delegates 2005–2012, representing the 87th district in the city of Norfolk. She ran unsuccessfully for the Democratic nomination for the special election to fill the seat being vacated by Ralph Northam, who was elected Lieutenant Governor of Virginia, in the Virginia Senate, District 6, representing portions of Norfolk, the Eastern Shore, and Virginia Beach.

Early life[edit]

Miller graduated from Attica Central High School in Attica, New York in 1977, then earned degrees in mass communications from Genesee Community College (1979) and speech communication from SUNY Geneseo (1981). She then began working locally in broadcast journalism.

In 1984 Miller and her husband, George Schaefer, moved to Norfolk, Virginia, where she became a reporter for WTKR-TV, the local CBS affiliate. Miller worked at WTKR until 1999, when she took over the public information office of the Virginia Beach Sheriff's Office. She now holds the same job with the Norfolk Sheriff's Office.

Miller has two children, George Schaefer IV and Molly Schaefer. In 2007, George attended American Legion Boys Nation in Washington, D.C.[1] and the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership's High School Leadership Program in Charlottesville, Virginia.[2]

Electoral history[edit]

Date Election Candidate Party Votes  %
Virginia House of Delegates, 87th district
Dec 14, 2004[3] Special Paula J. Miller Democratic 3,862 50.07
Michael L. Ball Republican 3,765 48.81
Write Ins 15 0.12
Thelma Drake resigned; seat changed from Republican to Democratic
Nov 8, 2005[4] General P J Miller Democratic 6,312 50.27
M L Ball Republican 4,716 37.56
J A Coggeshall 1,515 12.07
Write Ins 13 0.10
Nov 6, 2007[5] General Paula J. Miller Democratic 5,248 54.04
Henry C. "Hank" Giffin III Republican 4,446 45.78
Write Ins 17 0.17
Nov 3, 2009[6] General Paula J. Miller Democratic 6,693 56.61
John N. Amiral Republican 5,111 43.23
Write Ins 17 0.14

Political career[edit]

Miller's husband, George Schaefer, became heavily involved in Norfolk Republican politics, serving as local party chair and making unsuccessful bids to unseat 86th district Delegate George Heilig in 1993 and 1995.[7] Due to her TV news job, Miller's role in Schaefer's campaigns was severely limited.

Schaefer switched political allegiances at the turn of the millennium and was elected Norfolk Clerk of Circuit Court as a Democrat in 2003.[8] Now out of TV news, Miller was able to take an active role in his campaign.

Delegate Thelma Drake, a Republican, was elected to the United States House of Representatives in November 2004, creating a vacancy in the 87th district, where Miller's house was then located. She decided to run and was unopposed for the Democratic nomination. In the special election on December 14, she narrowly defeated Michael Ball, the local Republican chair and a professional fundraiser for conservative televangelist Pat Robertson's Regent University. Miller stressed the need for bipartisan solutions to such issues as transportation and the environment, in the manner of Democratic Governor Mark Warner; Ball emphasized his conservative credentials and his potential for delivering for the district as a member of the House majority.[9]

In 2005 she won reelection in a three-way race with Ball and independent John Coggeshall, a local lawyer, cabaret entertainer and radio talk show host. In 2007 she defeated retired Vice Admiral Henry C. "Hank" Giffin III, and in 2009 she defeated Republican John Amiral, a former Navy officer, to return for her third term in Richmond.

In 2011, Miller was redistricted into House district 100 along with fellow Democrat Lynwood Lewis.[10] She did not run that year. The 87th district, which was moved to northern Virginia, was won by Republican David Ramadan.

Miller considered a run for Lieutenant Governor of Virginia in 2013, but chose not to.[11] Following Ralph Northam's election as Lieutenant Governor, Miller announced she would run to be the Democratic nominee in the special election for Northam's seat in the Virginia Senate.[12]


  1. ^ Woerner, Barbara J. (2007-07-26). "For two teens, it's summer and time for politics". The Virginian-Pilot. p. B1, Virginia Beach Beacon section. 
  2. ^ "HSLP Class of 2007". Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership. Retrieved 2008-08-18. 
  3. ^ "December 14, 2004 Special Election Official Results" (PDF). City of Norfolk, Virginia. Retrieved 2013-04-16. 
  4. ^ "General Election – November 8, 2005". Virginia State Board of Elections. Retrieved 2013-04-16. 
  5. ^ "November 6, 2007 General Election Official Results". Virginia State Board of Elections. Retrieved 2013-04-16. 
  6. ^ "November 2009 General Election Official Results". Virginia State Board of Elections. Retrieved 2013-04-16. 
  7. ^ "1995 Election Results – HOD Of Virginia". Virginia State Board of Elections. Retrieved 2013-04-16. 
  8. ^ "November 4, 2003 General election results, Norfolk City, local offices". Virginia State Board of Elections. Retrieved 2008-08-18. 
  9. ^ Minium, Harry (2004-12-11). "Moderate GOP backs Democrat in 87th District". The Virginian-Pilot. p. B1, Local section. 
  10. ^ Walker, Julian (2011-04-08). "Redistricting plans are approved General Assembly". The Virginian-Pilot. Retrieved 2013-04-16. 
  11. ^ Walker, Julian (2012-10-15). "Miller declines LG run, eyes future Va. Senate bid". The Virginian-Pilot. Retrieved 2013-04-16. 
  12. ^,0,569253.story?track=rss


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