Ross Miller

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Ross Miller
16th Secretary of State of Nevada
In office
January 3, 2007 – January 5, 2015
Governor Jim Gibbons
Brian Sandoval
Preceded by Dean Heller
Succeeded by Barbara Cegavske
Personal details
Born Ross James Miller
(1976-03-26) March 26, 1976 (age 41)
Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
Political party Democratic (2006–present)
Spouse(s) Lesley Miller
Children 3
Residence Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
Alma mater Loyola Law School (J.D.)
Loyola Marymount University (M.B.A.)
Stanford University (B.A.)
Profession Attorney and politician
Website Official website

Ross James Miller (born March 26, 1976) is an American attorney and politician. He is a member of the Democratic Party, the former secretary of state of Nevada, and 2012–2013 president of the National Association of Secretaries of State.[1] Elected at the age of 30, he was the youngest secretary of state in the history of Nevada and the youngest secretary of state in the country at the time of his election.[2] Miller was not eligible to run for a third term in 2014 due to lifetime term limits established by the Nevada Constitution.

Miller declined to run for Governor of Nevada in 2014.[3]

Miller was the unsuccessful Democratic nominee for attorney general of Nevada in 2014. He was defeated by Republican Adam Laxalt by 46% to 45%.[4]

Early life and education[edit]

Miller was born on March 26, 1976, in Las Vegas, Nevada. He is one of three children of former Nevada Governor Bob Miller and his wife, Sandy Miller, the former First Lady of Nevada.

Miller earned his undergraduate degree at Stanford University, during which time he worked as an intern for President Bill Clinton. He later received dual advanced degrees in Law and a master's in business administration from Loyola Marymount University. Miller became a deputy district attorney in Clark County, Nevada. His record as a prosecutor led John Walsh to appear in a campaign ad for him during his race for secretary of state.[5]

Political career[edit]

As secretary of state and Nevada's chief election officer in 2008, Miller led a voter registration investigation into the prominent anti-poverty organization, Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN).[6] The investigation led to a search warrant being executed at ACORN's Las Vegas headquarters and eventually led to the filing of 39 criminal counts against ACORN, its Las Vegas field director Christopher Edwards and its former deputy regional field director Amy Busefink. In August 2009, Christopher Edwards pleaded guilty to reduced charges and agreed to testify against ACORN and Busefink.[7]

In 2008, Miller issued challenges to 21 term-limited incumbents who had filed for office in Nevada. They had been in office for at least 12 years, the limit specified in a 1996 state referendum.[8] Miller's decision was the subject of a legal challenge which was ultimately unanimously upheld by the Nevada Supreme Court.[9]

As head of Nevada's commercial recordings division, Miller touts the implementation of a Nevada business portal which will create a "one stop shop" for business transactions with the state.[10] Services offered will range from getting or renewing annual business licenses to registering vehicle fleets to paying state taxes by entering data just once and paying for all the services. The new Web site would also function as a clearinghouse for all payments, which would first go to the Secretary of State’s office and then be distributed to the cities and counties.[11]

Miller chaired Nevada's census efforts in 2010. Due to his personal relationship with Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) president Dana White, Miller partnered with the UFC in a census awareness campaign which featured UFC personalities.[12] Miller and White regularly train together in Mixed Martial Arts.[13]

In 2009, Miller was selected as one of "24 Rising Stars" in American governance by the Aspen Institute and awarded the Rodel Fellowship in Public Leadership. The program is a two-year fellowship designed to break down partisan barriers and to enable officeholders to step back from their daily responsibilities to consider broader questions of good governance.[14] In 2013, The Fix named Miller one of the top ten rising stars in politics. Miller was considered a potential candidate to run for attorney general in 2014, with an eye on eventually becoming Governor of Nevada.[15]

Electoral results[edit]

Miller was first elected in 2006, defeating Republican Danny Tarkanian with 48.73% of the vote.[16] In 2010, Miller defeated Republican Rob Lauer by a margin of 53.17% to 37.27%.[17]


Miller and his wife, Lesley, have three children. Lesley is a Nevada attorney and met Ross while the two were attending Loyola Law School.[18]


In 2012, Miller won his first sanctioned mixed martial arts fight and immediately retired from competition.[19][20]


  1. ^ "About NASS". National Association of Secretaries of State web site. Retrieved 2013-11-08. 
  2. ^ "Nevada Secretary of State: Ross Miller's Biography". Retrieved 2013-11-08. 
  3. ^ Hagar, Ray (January 10, 2013). "Ross Miller: A prince who would be king". Reno Gazette-Journal. Retrieved June 14, 2013. 
  4. ^
  5. ^ “”. "Meet Ross Miller". YouTube. Retrieved 2010-09-04. 
  6. ^ Friess, Steve (2009-05-05). "Acorn Charged in Voter Registration Fraud Case in Nevada". The New York Times. 
  7. ^ McCoy, Cara. "Ex-ACORN official gets probation for voter registration plan - Monday, Nov. 23, 2009 | 10:01 a.m.". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved 2010-09-04. 
  8. ^ "Term Limits: Old Faces Meet New Challenges - News -". 2008-05-23. Retrieved 2010-09-04. 
  9. ^ Cathcart, Rebecca (2008-07-26). "Campaigns Halt as Nevada Court Upholds Term Limits". The New York Times. 
  10. ^ Miller, Ross. "Business Portal Positions the State for the Future". Retrieved 2010-09-04. 
  11. ^ "Sparks Tribune - Miller seeks to streamline business process". 2010-02-25. Retrieved 2010-09-04. 
  12. ^ "Home". Ross Miller 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-04. 
  13. ^ "Do Your Census or Else: Campaign to remind Nevadans begins today - News -". Retrieved 2010-09-04. 
  14. ^ "Selects 24 "Rising Stars" in Governance For Its Rodel Fellowships in Public Leadership Program". The Aspen Institute. 2009-07-29. Retrieved 2010-09-04. 
  15. ^ Sullivan, Sean (23 August 2013). "The Fix’s top 10 rising stars". The Washington Post. Retrieved 23 August 2013. 
  16. ^ "Nevada 2006 Midterm Election". Retrieved 2013-11-08. 
  17. ^ "2010 Unofficial State Election Results". Retrieved 2013-11-08. 
  18. ^ [1][dead link]
  19. ^ "NV Sec of State Miller retiring from MMA, 1-0 mark". San Francisco Chronicle. August 20, 2012. Archived from the original on August 20, 2012. 
  20. ^ "Nevada Secretary Of State Ross Miller Makes Successful Mma Debut". Fighthype. 2012-08-19. Retrieved 2013-11-08. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Dean Heller
Secretary of State of Nevada
January 3, 2007 – January 5, 2015
Succeeded by
Barbara Cegavske