Doug Miller (Texas)

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Doug Miller
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Texas House of Representatives, District 73
Incumbent
In office
2009 - Present
Term ends
January 13, 2015
Years in position 5
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$7,200/year
Per diem$150/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2008
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sTexas State University, 1976
Military service
Service/branchTexas State Guard
Personal
BirthdayJuly 14, 1954
ProfessionInsurance agent
ReligionChristian
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Doug Miller is a Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives, representing District 73. He was first elected to the chamber in 2008.

Miller is a former mayor of New Braunfels, Texas, where he also served as a council member.[1]

Biography

Miller earned his B.S. in Law Enforcement from Texas State University in 1976. His professional experience includes working as the president of Miller & Miller Insurance Agency and as a licensed real estate broker. Miller is a major in the Texas State Guard.[1][2]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Miller served on the following committees:

Texas Committee Assignments, 2013
Calendars
Natural Resources
Special Purpose Districts, Vice-chair

2011-2012

During the 2011-2012 legislative session, Miller served on the following committees:

Issues

  • HB 2789 - Relating to creating a presumption regarding the possession of a controlled substance by a person who gives birth to a child who tests positive for the substance.
  • HB 3641 - Relating to the preservation of effective responses to requests for information pursuant to the public information law.
  • HB 4225 - Relating to the creation of the Comal County Water Improvement District No. 1; providing authority to impose a tax and issue bonds; granting a limited power of eminent domain.[3]

Campaign themes

2010-2014

Miller's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[4]

Love in God

  • Excerpt: "My family and I are dedicated Christians. We attend church in New Braunfels."

Lower Taxes & More Local Control

  • Excerpt: "Doug Miller is a strong fiscal conservative. He will vote to lower property taxes and cut reckless government spending. And Doug will fight for more local control because we know how best to educate our children, run our businesses and spend our money - not the government bureaucrats in Austin."

Illegal Immigration

  • Excerpt: "As a former law enforcement officer, I understand the problem. It is time to build the fence, lock down the border and enforce the immigration laws."

Sexual Predators

  • Excerpt: "Guns and drugs must be kept a certain distance from public schools, but a child sex offender just off parole can live right next door. This must end. It is time to require sex offenders to live at least 1500 feet from schools and daycare centers and all convicted child molesters must wear GPS tracking devices for the rest of their lives."

Elections

2014

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for all 150 seats in the Texas House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election took place on March 4, 2014. Those candidates who did not receive 50% or more of the vote in their party primary on March 4 faced an additional May 27 primary runoff. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was December 9, 2013. Incumbent Doug Miller was unopposed in the Republican primary and is unchallenged in the general election.[5][6][7]

2012

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Miller won re-election in the 2012 election for Texas House of Representatives, District 73. Miller defeated Rob Smith in the May 29 primary election and defeated Rex Black (L) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[8]

Texas House of Representatives, District 73, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDoug Miller Incumbent 88.2% 64,029
     Libertarian Rex Black 11.8% 8,565
Total Votes 72,594
Texas House of Representatives District 73 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDoug Miller Incumbent 75.1% 16,994
Rob Smith 24.9% 5,633
Total Votes 22,627

2010

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2010

Miller won re-election in District 73 in 2010. He was unopposed in the March 2 Republican primary and defeated Libertarian Robert Nowotny in the November 2 general election.[8]

Texas House of Representatives, District 73
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Doug Miller (R) 49,846 85.51%
Robert Nowotny (L) 8,446 14.48%

2008

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Miller won election to the Texas House of Representatives from Texas's 73rd District, defeating Daniel Boone (D) and Shannon McCracken (L). Miller received 58,118 votes in the election while Boone received 21,732 votes and McCracken received 3,846 votes.[8] Miller raised $806,514 for his campaign; Boone raised $70,165.[9]

Texas House of Representatives, District 73
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Doug Miller (R) 58,118 69.43%
Daniel Boone (D) 21,732 25.96%
Shannon McCracken (L) 3,846 4.59%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Miller is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Miller raised a total of $1,173,637 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 14, 2013.[10]

Doug Miller's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Texas State House, District 73 Won $213,372
2010 Texas State House, District 73 Won $153,751
2008 Texas State House, District 73 Won $806,514
Grand Total Raised $1,173,637

2012

Miller won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Miller raised a total of $213,372.
Texas House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Doug Miller (Texas)'s campaign in 2012
Texans For Lawsuit Reform$5,697
Weisman, John R$5,000
Johnson, Robert$5,000
Independent Insurance Agents Of Texas$5,000
Associated General Contractors Of Texas$5,000
Total Raised in 2012$213,372
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Miller won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Miller raised a total of $153,751.

2008

Miller won election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Miller raised a total of $806,514.

Scorecards

See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in Texas

Legislative scorecards are used to evaluate elected public officials based on voting record. Some scorecards are created by political advocacy groups with a focus on specific issues, while others are developed by newspapers and are broad in scope. Scorecards are meant to be used as a tool for voters to have a quick picture of whether their views align with a particular legislator's record.

Because scorecards can be specific to particular issues or general to a state’s legislative term, for example, each report should be considered on its own merits. Each entity that publishes these reports uses different methodologies and definitions for the terms used.

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2013

In 2013, the Texas State Legislature was in its 83rd legislative session from January 8 through May 27. Thirty minutes after the regular session ended, Governor Rick Perry called legislators back for a special session starting that evening.[11] Two additional called sessions were held from July 1 through July 30 and July 30 through August 5.[12]

  • Legislators are scored on bills which relate to economic freedom, the size and scope of government and individual liberty.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on bills relating to the organizations principles, missions and goals of responsible, conservative solutions for Texas.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on bills relating to core budget and free enterprise issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes for bills with the greatest impact on Texas’ environment and public health.
  • Equality Texas - Equality Texas rankings for the Texas House during the 83rd regular legislative session
  • Legislators are assigned grades reflecting votes on LGBT issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on bills relating to taxes and property rights.
  • Legislators are scored based on issues critical to businesses, taxpayers and families.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes relating to conservative issues.
  • The 2013 TLCV scorecard covers a range of votes and issues, including: water, global warming, environmental regulation, clean energy, clean air, good government, oil and gas regulation and energy efficiency.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes for bills relating to this issue of abortion.
  • Mark P. Jones is the Chair of the Department of Political Science at Rice University. He builds a ranking of Texas state representatives each year based on their votes from the previous session. Jones then ranks legislators based on how liberal and conservative they are according to legislative history.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key conservative issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes for Amendments 2, 12, 51, 95 and 118.
  • Young Conservatives of Texas: Legislative Ratings for the 83rd Legislature
  • Legislators are scored based on votes for House Bill 2.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key small business issues.
  • Concerned Women for America of Texas: Legislative Scorecard for the 83rd session.

2011

In 2011, the Texas State Legislature was in its 82nd legislative session from January 11 through May 30. A special session was called for May 31 through June 29.[12]

  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on bills relating to the organizations principles, missions and goals of responsible, conservative solutions for Texas.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on bills relating to core budget and free enterprise issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes on social issues, economic issues and other issues.
  • The Humane Scorecard assesses support on a broad range of animal protection issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes relating to conservative issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes relating to environment and conservation issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes for bills relating to this issue of abortion.
  • Mark P. Jones is the Chair of the Department of Political Science at Rice University. He builds a ranking of Texas state representatives each year based on their votes from the previous session. Jones then ranks legislators based on how liberal and conservative they are according to legislative history.
  • Legislators are scored based on 56 House votes and 38 Senate votes that offer clear public policy choice.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes for bills with the greatest impact on Texas’ environment and public health.
  • Legislators are scored based on consumer-related bills.

Empower Texans Fiscal Responsibility Index

See also: Empower Texans Fiscal Responsibility Index and Empower Texans

Empower Texans produces the Fiscal Responsibility Index as "a measurement of how lawmakers perform on size and role of government issues." The index uses "exemplar votes on core budget and free enterprise issues that demonstrate legislators' governing philosophy."[13] Legislators were graded along a 0 through 100 scale in 2013 and on an A through F grading scale in 2011.

2013

Miller received a score of 46.9 in the 2013 Fiscal Responsibility Index, compared to the grade of C+ that Miller received for the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

2011

Doug Miller received a grade of C+ on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

Personal

Miller and his wife, Anne, have two children. Miller has been the National President of the Certified Professional Insurance Agents, President of Comal County Fair Association, President of the Comal County United Way, President/Chairman of the Board of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, President of the Independent Insurance Agents of New Braunfels and President of the New Braunfels Independent School District Education Foundation.[1]

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