Jeff Miller (California)

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Jeff Miller
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California State Assembly District 71
Former member
In office
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Mayor of City of Corona
High schoolFoothill High School, 1981
Bachelor'sCalifornia State University, Fullerton, 1985
ProfessionSmall Business Owner
Campaign website
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Jeff Miller is a former Republican member of the California State Assembly, representing District 71 from 2008 to 2012.


Miller earned his B.S. from Cal State Fullerton in 1985. His professional experience includes working as Parks Commissioner of Corona and owning a small business.[1] In 2005, he became a co-chair of the state's Jessica's Law program, which sought to protect children from sexual predators. From 2006 to 2008, Miller served as chairman of the Riverside County Republican Party.[2]

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Miller served on these committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Miller served on these committees:


Political Courage test

Miller did not provide answers to the California State Legislative Election 2008 Political Courage Test. The test informs voters how a candidate would vote on the issues if elected.[3]

Miller's sponsored legislation includes:

  • AB 225 - Firearms: concealed firearm license
  • AB 362 - Political signs: theft and damage
  • AB 922 - Diesel fuel tax exemption: biodiesel

For details and a full listing of sponsored bills, see the House site.

Campaign themes


Miller's campaign website listed the following issues:[4]

  • Get Californians Back to Work
Excerpt: "We need to end the needless regulations, red-tape and fees that are driving jobs out of the state. Small and medium businesses, which create the majority of new jobs, need to be encouraged to grow."
  • Stop Growing Government
Excerpt: "California’s annual budget “crisis” is caused by the legislature spending too much, not taxing too little. We need to adopt a government spending limit to stop the Legislature from growing government faster than inflation and population."
  • Invest in the Important Things
Excerpt: "Spending restraint does not mean we can’t invest in the important things. Keeping us safe and providing our children with the education they deserve for a bright future should be the highest priorities for state government."
  • Reduce the Tax Burden on Small Businesses, Working Families and Retirees
Excerpt: "High taxes harm everyone, especially families and retirees trying to make ends meet and small businesses struggling to keep their doors open. California’s high tax rates should be reduced, not raised."



See also: California State Senate elections, 2012

Miller ran in the 2012 election for California State Senate District 31. He and Richard Roth (D) advanced past the blanket primary on June 5, 2012, defeating Steve Clute (D). He was then defeated in the general election on November 6, 2012.[5][6][7]

California State Senate, District 31, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRichard Roth 55.3% 133,882
     Republican Jeff Miller 44.7% 108,320
Total Votes 242,202
California State Senate, District 31 Blanket Primary, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJeff Miller 51.1% 38,641
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRichard Roth 28.8% 21,812
     Democratic Steve Clute 20.1% 15,191
Total Votes 75,644


See also: California State Assembly elections, 2010

Miller won re-election to the 71st District seat in 2010. He had no opposition in the June 8 primary. He advanced past the blanket primary on June 5, 2012, defeating Democrat Gary Kephart in the November 2 general election.[8]

California State Assembly, District 71 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Jeff Miller (R) 97,158
Gary Kephart (D) 49,792


In 2008, Miller was elected to the California State Assembly District 71. Miller (R) was unopposed and finished with 149,166 votes.[9]

California State Assembly District 71
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Jeff Miller (R) 149,166

Campaign donors


In 2010, Miller raised $327,957 in contributions.[10]

His six largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Farmers Insurance Group $11,700
California Dental Association $11,700
PG&E Corp $7,800
Chevron Corp $7,800
Pechanga Band Of Luiseno Mission Indians $7,800
Personal Insurance Federation Of California $7,800


Below are Miller's top five campaign contributors in the 2008 election:[11]

Contributor 2008 total
Farmers Insurance Group $10,800
Lincoln Club of Riverside County $7,200
CA Hospital Assoc $7,200
CA Dental Assoc $7,200
Apartment Assoc of Orange County $7,200



In a cross-party endorsement, Miller received the endorsement of former Democratic Assemblyman Steve Clute over his Democratic opponent Richard Roth.[12] Clute came in third in the primary election on June 5, 2012 for the District 31 senate seat.[12] In the endorsement Clute states, "Although our party of preference means ideologically we may not agree on every issue, one thing I know is Jeff Miller will stand up for Riverside County. Voters can trust that Jeff will stand up for us when it comes to ending government waste; funding our local schools and most importantly getting our local businesses growing again. In these difficult times, supporting the best candidate is more important than party preference."[12]

Legislative scorecard

Capitol Weekly, California's major weekly periodical covering the state legislature, publishes an annual legislative scorecard to pin down the political or ideological leanings of every member of the legislature based on how they voted on an assortment of bills in the most recent legislative session. The 2009 scores were based on votes on 19 bills, but did not include how legislators voted on the Proposition 1A (2009). On the scorecard, "100" is a perfect liberal score and "0" is a perfect conservative score.[13][14]

On the 2009 Capitol Weekly legislative scorecard, Miller ranked as a 9.[15]


Miller and his wife, Debora, have two children.

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Preceded by
California State Assembly District 71
Succeeded by
Brian Jones (R)