|Texas House of Representatives, District 146|
|2011 - Present|
|January 13, 2015|
|Years in position||3|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|First elected||November 2, 2010|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Texas House of Representatives, District 146|
|Bachelor's||Sam Houston State University|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Committee assignments
- 3 Issues
- 4 Elections
- 5 Campaign donors
- 6 Endorsements
- 7 Scorecards
- 8 Personal
- 9 Controversies
- 10 Recent news
- 11 External links
- 12 References
Miles earned a B.S. in Criminal Justice and Criminal Science from Sam Houston State University.
Miles, a life-long Houstonian, once worked as a police officer for the Houston Independent School District Police Department and began an independent insurance agency out of his home. His company, the Borris L. Miles Insurance Agency, has grown to write more than $56 million in policies and is the largest black-owned insurance agency in the state. Miles focuses on supporting other minority owned businesses, and has renovated nearby city blocks.
He is active with the Urban League, the United Negro College Fund, and several other charities. Miles also found both the North Forest Scholarship and an endowment to fight sickle cell anemia.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Miles served on the following committees:
|Texas Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Elections, Vice-chair|
|• Licensing & Administrative Procedures|
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Miles served on the following Texas House of Representatives committees:
|Texas Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• Agriculture and Livestock|
|• Economic & Small Business Development|
First term agenda
Several of his bills dealt with conditions for inmates, services for children, and environmental issues. During his first term, he was assigned to the Government Reform and Licensing and Administrative Procedures Committees, and saw 25 bills (sponsored or authored) pass into law.
Miles has been a proponent for medical tourism, in which people travel to other countries to receive treatment that would be much more expensive in the United States. In November 2010, he offered an all-expenses paid trip to Costa Rica to a majority of Houston Independent School District trustees to look into the cost-savings medical tourism could provide.
Miles, who owns his own insurance agency and is a vendor of HISD, organized the trips at the behest and expense of the Costa Rican government. Miles is an associate of DiCarlo Davis, chief executive officer of the company that organized the medical tourism familiarization event in November 2010.
An HISD trustee, Larry Marshall, twice took up Miles' offer of an all-expenses-paid trip. He attended the November 2010 medical tourism event and held a campaign fundraiser in Costa Rica in April 2010.
Miles said he has offered the paid trips to Costa Rica to school boards, union leaders and "any people of influence."
Elections for the office of Texas House of Representatives will consist of a primary election on March 4, 2014, and a general election on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was December 9, 2013. Incumbent Borris Miles was unopposed in the Democratic primary and is unchallenged in the general election.
Miles ran in the 2012 election for Texas House of Representatives, District 146. Miles defeated Al Edwards in the May 29 primary election and was unchallenged in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.
|Texas House of Representatives District 146 Democratic Primary, 2012|
|Borris Miles Incumbent||57.6%||4,484|
In the March 2 Republican primary, Miles defeated incumbent Al Edwards by a margin of 5,048-5,040. Edwards was seeking his second term. No other candidates have declared for this race. Barring unforeseen circumstances, Miles is guaranteed to win the general election on November 2, 2010.
| Texas House of Representatives, District 146 |
2010 General election results
|Borris Miles (D)||25,098||100%|
Comprehensive donor information for Miles is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Miles raised a total of $1,828,131 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 20, 2013.
|Borris Miles's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||Texas State House, District 146||$155,819|
|2010||Texas State House, District 146||$683,075|
|2008||Texas State House, District 146||$97,560|
|2006||Texas State House, District 146||$891,677|
|Grand Total Raised||$1,828,131|
2012Miles won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Miles raised a total of $155,819.
|Texas House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Borris Miles's campaign in 2012|
|Miles, Borris L||$79,400|
|Houston Fire Fighters||$5,000|
|Total Raised in 2012||$155,819|
|Source:Follow the Money|
2010Miles won election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Miles raised a total of $683,075.
|Texas House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Borris Miles's campaign in 2010|
|Miles, Borris L||$250,000|
|Branch III, Theldon R||$4,000|
|Texas Trial Lawyers Association||$2,000|
|Vinson & Elkins||$1,000|
|Total Raised in 2010||$683,075|
|Source:Follow the Money|
2008Miles lost the election for the Texas House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Miles raised a total of $97,560.
|Texas House of Representatives 2008 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Borris Miles's campaign in 2008|
|Texans For Insurance Reform||$20,160|
|Texans For Economic Development||$5,000|
|Mostyn, John Steven||$5,000|
|House Democratic Campaign Cmte||$5,000|
|Across The Track PAC||$5,000|
|Total Raised in 2008||$97,560|
|Source:Follow the Money|
2006Miles won election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Miles raised a total of $891,677.
|Texas House of Representatives 2006 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Borris Miles's campaign in 2006|
|Miles, Borris L||$367,500|
|Texans For Insurance Reform||$51,123|
|Mostyn Law Firm||$20,000|
|Total Raised in 2006||$891,677|
|Source:Follow the Money|
In 2012, Miles’s endorsements included the following:
- The Houston Chronicle
- The Latino Labor Leadership Council
- Tejano Democrats
- Houston Black American Democrats
- Democracy for Houston
- Houston GLBT Caucus
- South Union Civic Club
- Off the Kuff with Charles Kuffner
- Dos Centavos with Stace Medellin
- Texas Liberal with Neil Aquino
- Brains and Eggs with Perry Dorrell
- Mt. Hebron Baptist Church
- Loyal Missionary Baptist Church
- The Honorable Annise Parker
- The Honorable Ron Green
- The Honorable Jolanda Jones
- The Honorable James Rodriguez
- The Honorable Wanda Adams
- The Honorable Debbie Kerner
- The Honorable Larry Marshall
- The Honorable Paula Harris
- The Honorable Michael P. Williams
- The Honorable Chris Oliver
- Constable May Walker
- Audrey Lawson
- Joe Samuels
- Patricia Rauch
- Alvin Zimmerman
- Carl Davis
Empower Texans Fiscal Responsibility Index
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." Legislators were graded along a 0 through 100 scale in 2013 and on an A through F grading scale in 2011.
Miles received a score of 15.3 in the 2013 Fiscal Responsibility Index.
Borris Miles received a grade of F on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.
Miles is married and has two children. He belongs to the congregation of Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church.
Competition with Edwards and home invasion
Miles defeated Al Edwards, a 26-year incumbent, in 2006. However, his first term was marred by legal issues over Miles' July 2007 shooting of a man robbing his home and, later, of allegations that he brandished a firearm at a December 2007 party he had attended uninvited. Miles holds a concealed carry permit and was not charged in the shooting at his home, after police declared it to be self-defense. He was also cleared of all charges related to brandishing allegations.
During his first term in the state Legislature, on March 20, 2007, Miles voted against CSSB 378, a bill to allow the use of deadly force against intruders with no duty to retreat and with civil immunity if the act of force was found to be self-defense. The bill, however, passed the House 133-13 and passed the Senate unanimously, being signed into law on March 27, 2007.
Edwards challenged Miles in 2008 and won his old seat back. Now, in 2010, the same match-up has given the primary victory to Miles. The primary vote went into a recount and Miles emerged the winner by an impossibly slim eight vote margin.
The back-and-forth fight for the seat has birthed a rivalry between the two men, which quite possibly culminated on a morning radio broadcast on February 11, 2010. Edwards had publicly stated, in an early February interview with local radio host Michael Harriss on KCOH, that he would not debate Miles until the latter passed a drug test, saying Miles' behavior for the past several years had been erratic.
On February 11, when he was participating in the same morning show on KCOH, Borris Miles brought a private drug testing firm with him to the studio, provided a urine sample, and had the sample screened - all on live radio. After passing the drug test, Miles challenged Edwards to take an IQ test.
Early call of close race
Miles offended some observers when he put out a press release declaring himself the victor of the primary race at noon on March 12, 2010, even though his opponent, Al Edwards, had until close of business on Monday, March 15, 2010 to make an official request for a recount. While Edwards did ultimately seek a recount, Texas election law also would have given him the avenue to file a lawsuit had he wished to do so after losing the recount.
Ethics complaint regarding campaign signs
Miles is the target of an ethics complaint, filed by Texans for Ethics and Accountability, over the wording of his campaign signs, which urge voters to "re-elect" him. Under Texas law, only incumbent candidates - not former office holders - may use "re-elect" in campaign signs.
This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term "Borris + Miles + Texas + House"
- All stories may not be relevant to this page due to the nature of the search engine.
- Borris Miles House member page
- February 2, 2010 Interview with Borris Miles at OffTheKuff
- Profile from Open States
- Borris L. Miles at Project VoteSmart
- * Campaign Contributions via Follow The Money: 2012, 2010, 2008, 2006
- Borris Miles for State Representative 146, "Former State Representative Borris L. Miles Enters the Race for District 146 Miles says, "It's time to get back to work.," December 18, 2009
- On the Beat with Mary Benton, Former State Rep. Borris Miles Opens Campaign Office," accessed September 10, 2010
- Borris Miles for State Representative 146, "Legislation," accessed September 10, 2010
- Texas Watchdog, "HISD vendor state Rep. Borris Miles offered trustees all-expenses-paid Costa Rican trip, email shows," June 16,2011
- Texas Watchdog, "Friend of Rep. Borris Miles runs Costa Rican 'medical tourism' firm; HISD approves $600K contract with doc linked to same firm," July 13,2011
- Texas Watchdog, "Houston ISD trustee Larry Marshall held fundraiser on Rep. Borris Miles-arranged Costa Rica trip; see photo and source documents," June 17,2011
- Texas Watchdog, "State Rep. Borris Miles: I've offered free Costa Rica trips to school trustees across Texas, and there's nothing wrong with it," June 22,2011
- Texas Secretary of State, "2014 March Primary Election Candidate Filings by County", accessed March 4, 2014
- Texas Secretary of State, "2014 Democratic Party Primary Election," accessed April 9, 2014
- Texas Secretary of State, "2014 Republican Party Primary Election," accessed April 9, 2014
- Texas Democratic Party - Democratic Primary Candidates
- Office of the (Texas) Secretary of State, "Race Summary Report," accessed July 12, 2012
- Results for April 13, 2010 primary in Texas
- Follow the Money, "Miles, Borris L," accessed August 20, 2013
- Miles Campaign website, "Supporters"
- Empower Texans, "Fiscal Responsibility Index," accessed February 22, 2014
- The Houston Chronicle, "State Rep. Miles indicted on deadly conduct charges," April 14, 2008
- Project Vote Smart, "Key Vote: Deadly Force in Self-Defense," accessed September 10, 2010
- Fox News, "Texas State Lawmaker Opposing Deadly Force Bill Shoots Would-Be Thief," July 9, 2007
- The Texas Tribune, "Recount Confirms Borris Miles Wins Primary," March 24, 2010
- Isiah Carey's Insite, "I'LL DEBATE YOU IF YOU TAKE A DRUG TEST FIRST!," accessed September 10, 2010
- The Texas Tribune, "Borris Miles Takes Part in Drug Test on Live Radio," February 11, 2010
- The Houston Chronicle, "Miles by an inch," March 12, 2010
- The Houston Chronicle, "Misleading Miles markers?," March 18, 2010
- Texas Watchdog, "Allegation: Signs posted by Borris Miles in heated Houston statehouse race violated election laws," March 17, 2010
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