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Ross Miller
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Nevada Secretary of State
Former officeholder
In office
PredecessorDean Heller (R)
Base salary$102,898
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 7, 2006
Campaign $$1,706,853
Term limits2 terms
Bachelor'sStanford University
Master'sLoyola Marymount University
J.D.Loyola Marymount University
Place of birthLas Vegas, Nevada
Office website
Campaign website
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Ross Miller is the former Nevada Secretary of State. Elected in 2006 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.[1] Miller is a Democrat. He was re-elected on November 2, 2010 and prevented by term-limits from running for a third term. Instead, Miller ran for the office of Nevada Attorney General in 2014. Ross Miller lost the general election on November 4, 2014.

As Secretary of State, Miller also served as board member of the Nevada Office of Economic Development, and a voting member of the Board of Prison Commissioners, State Board of Examiners and the Tahoe Regional Planning Authority.[1] He campaigned on a platform to fight election fraud, make Nevada the most business-friendly state in the nation and demand accountability from politicians.[2]

In Jan. 2013, Governing named Miller as one of the top state Democratic officials to watch in the upcoming year.[3] Miller served as President of the National Association of Secretaries of State for 2012-2013.

Miller previously served as a deputy district attorney. His father, Bob Miller, served as Governor of Nevada from 1989-1999.[2]


After graduating, 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.[4]

Miller is a current member of Boys & Girls Clubs of America, a board member of HELP of Southern Nevada, and a past President of Citizen Alert.

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.[4]


  • B.A., Stanford University
  • MBA, Loyola Marymount University
  • J.D., Loyola Marymount University

Political career

Nevada Secretary of State (2007-2015)

Miller served as the Nevada Secretary of State from 2007 to 2015.[4] Elected at the age of 30, he was the youngest Secretary of State in the history of Nevada.[5]


Voter-ID bill sponsorship

Miller reportedly fielded numerous complaints from Nevadans about fraudulent voting during the 2012 election season, prompting him to sponsor a photo voter-ID bill at the Nevada Legislature. The bill proposed adding voters' drivers license photos to the poll books and voter registration records. Registered voters who show up to the polls without photo-ID can still cast ballots as long as they agree to have their pictures taken by poll workers and to sign an affidavit verifying their identity matches the one they used their first time voting. Miller's program mirrors the one put forth earlier in 2012 in Minnesota, which the Minnesota Legislature struck down due to its $15-$20 million pricetag. When Miller initiated his push for more stringent voter-ID measures after the general election in late November 2012, he promised that while the proposed changes would come at no cost to the individual voter, "There is a cost," to implementing a new program. Aiming to address both the possible drawbacks of increased voter ID requirements and the demand for action to be taken against voter-fraud, Miller reasoned, "It will cause some delays (in voting), and that will be part of the debate. But it is the way to do it."[6]


Ethics complaint

The Republican Party of Nevada filed a complaint against both Secretary of State Miller and State Treasurer Kate Marshall accusing the state government officials of improperly using "publicly funded web pages, phone lines and state employees for their respective re-election campaigns."[7] The chairman of the State GOP argued that both candidates violated Nevada Revised Statutes (NRS) Chapter 281A, which states that a public officer or employee is “prohibited from requesting or otherwise causing governmental entity to incur expense or make expenditure to support or oppose ballot question or candidate in certain circumstances.”[8] The complaint cites that both Miller and Marshall listed their state government phone numbers and email addresses as each of their campaign websites and on their financial disclosure reports. About a month later, however, the Nevada Commission on Ethics dismissed the issue claiming there was no just or sufficient cause found to proceed to a full commission hearing.[9]

Secretary of State Project
See also: Secretary of State Project

ActBlue reported in 2008 that Miller received a substantial donation of $33,825 from the Secretary of State Project, a below-the-radar 527 political organization whose purpose is "wrestling control of the country from the Republican Party" through the process of "removing their political operatives from deciding who can vote and whose votes will count," namely the office of Secretary of State in many cases.[10][11]



See also: Nevada attorney general election, 2014

Miller was prevented by term limits from running for re-election as secretary of state in 2014. He ran for the office of Nevada Attorney General. The general election was held on November 4, 2014.[12][13]


General election
Attorney General of Nevada, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngAdam Paul Laxalt 46.2% 251,379
     Democratic Ross Miller 45.3% 246,629
     Independent American Jonathan Hansen 5.6% 30,513
     Independent None of these candidates 2.9% 15,629
Total Votes 544,150
Election Results via Nevada Secretary of State.


October 10 debate

Ross Miller (D) and Adam Paul Laxalt (R) traded barbs during a debate recorded for Vegas PBS. Miller argued that his two terms as Nevada Secretary of State qualified him for the attorney general's office, given his experiences enforcing state election laws. He also jabbed at Laxalt for seeking the state's highest law enforcement position while lacking the legal experience to become a judge in Nevada. Laxalt cited his experience as a lawyer with the U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General's Corps and endorsements from county sheriffs in response to Miller.[14]

The debate featured a flurry of criticisms related to campaign finances and integrity between the two candidates. Laxalt claimed that Miller received $70,000 in gifts from special interests and asked what he gave them in return. Miller responded with veiled references to outside money spent on Laxalt's campaign and noted the transparency of his campaign's funding sources. The Center for Public Integrity reported in early October that Laxalt supporters had purchased $844,000 in campaign ad space while Miller's campaign purchased $690,000 of campaign ad space.[14]

Miller and Laxalt provided sharp retorts to campaign ad fodder from the early days of the general election. Miller stated that Laxalt's campaign was wrong to claim that Democratic operatives leaked a performance review from Laxalt's former employer indicating that he was a "train wreck." Laxalt used time during the debate to deny close connections with Cliven Bundy, a Nevada rancher whose supporters confronted federal officials in the spring over grazing rights.[14]


See also: Nevada Secretary of State election, 2010
  • 2010 Race for Secretary of State - Democratic Primary
    • Ross Miller ran unopposed in this contest
Ross Miller 2010 Campaign logo
2010 Race for Secretary of State - General Election[15]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Democratic Party Approveda Ross Miller 53.2%
     Republican Party Rob Lauer 37.3%
     American Independent Party John Wagner 6.0%
     None of these candidates 3.6%
Total Votes 703,513


2006 Race for Secretary of State - Democratic Primary[16]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Democratic Party Approveda Ross Miller 60.6%
     Democratic Party Roderick Boyd 19.4%
     Write-In 20.0%
Total Votes 112,800
2006 Race for Secretary of State - General Election[17]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Democratic Party Approveda Ross Miller 48.7%
     Republican Party Danny Tarkanian 40.6%
     Reform Party Janine Hansen 6.8%
     Write-In 3.9%
Total Votes 573,638

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Miller is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Miller raised a total of $1,706,853 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 23, 2013.[18]

Ross Miller's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 NV Secretary of State Not up for election $69,422
2010 NV Secretary of State Won $640,898
2008 NV Secretary of State Not up for election $58,353
2006 NV Secretary of State Won $938,180
Grand Total Raised $1,706,853


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Miller currently resides in Las Vegas, Nevada with his wife, Lesley. The couple has two daughters together - Cameron Elise and Geneva.[4]

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Contact Information

Capitol Address:

Nevada State Capitol Building
101 North Carson Street, Suite 3
Carson City, NV 89701

Phone: (775) 684-5708
Fax: (775) 684-5725

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Political offices
Preceded by
Dean Heller (R)
Nevada Secretary of State
Succeeded by
Barbara Cegavske (R)