Tony Miller (California)

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Tony Miller
26th California Secretary of State
In office
Governor Pete Wilson
Preceded by March Fong Eu
Succeeded by Bill Jones
Personal details
Born (1948-06-28) June 28, 1948 (age 69)
Chester, California
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Peter Pavey
Profession Lawyer

Tony Miller (born June 28, 1948) is an American attorney and former California Secretary of State. A member of the Democratic Party, he served as Chief Deputy Secretary of State from 1981–94 and then California Secretary of State from 1994-1995. Miller was a longtime public servant, Eagle Scout, and volunteer firefighter.


Miller was raised in the small town of Chester, California. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of California, Davis in 1970 and in 1973 received his law degree from the University of California (Boalt Hall) School of Law at Berkeley. Miller has also worked as a legislative aide, criminal investigator, and college instructor.

Miller served as chairman of the Plumas County Democratic Central Committee during law school, and subsequently as an appointed member of the state's newly created Fair Political Practices Commission (1975–76). Before becoming Chief Deputy to former Secretary of State March Fong Eu, Miller served as the Secretary of State's Chief Legal Counsel (1976–81). In 1994, March Fong Eu resigned to become United States Ambassador to the Federated States of Micronesia, leaving Miller as Acting Secretary of State. As Chief Deputy Secretary of State, Miller built a solid reputation for smooth, efficient and fairly run statewide elections, and for the administration of one of the best-run agencies in state government.[citation needed] He ran for election to the post, winning the Democratic primary over Los Angeles Assemblywoman Gwen Moore and former Los Angeles City Councilman (1985-1993) and 1993 mayoral election runner-up Mike Woo, but lost in a very close general election to Bill Jones.

In 1998, Miller ran in the Democratic primary for Lieutenant Governor of California, but lost the nomination to the Assembly Speaker, Cruz Bustamante. Miller then returned to private practice.

After the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) was passed by Congress in 2002, Miller was appointed by California Secretary of State Kevin Shelley to lead the implementation of HAVA in California. In 2004, Miller served as special counsel to Shelley when Shelley was accused of misappropriating federal HAVA funds for his own purposes. Shelley eventually resigned in 2005.

Miller is a lifelong Californian, an avid runner, avid farmer, and craftsman. He is openly gay and has been in a relationship since 1973.[1][2] He and his husband live on a small farm in Sutter County, near Sacramento.[3]


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Political offices
Preceded by
March Fong Eu
California Secretary of State
Succeeded by
Bill Jones