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Candice Miller
Candice Miller.jpg
U.S. House, Michigan, District 10
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2003-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 11
PartyRepublican
PredecessorDavid Bonior (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$3.55 in 2012
First electedNovember 5, 2002
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$5,737,823
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Michigan Secretary of State
1994-2002
Treasurer, Macomb County, Michigan
1992-1994
Education
High schoolLakeshore High School, St. Clair Shores, Michigan
Personal
BirthdayMay 7, 1954
Place of birthDetroit, Michigan
ProfessionSmall Business Owner
Net worth$1,369,657
ReligionPresbyterian
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Candice S. Miller (b. May 7, 1954, in Detroit, MI) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives representing Michigan's 10th Congressional District. Miller was first elected to the House in 2002.

Miller most recently won re-election in 2012. She defeated Chuck Stadler (D) and Bhagwan Dashairya (L) in the general election on November 6, 2012.

Miller is running for re-election to Michigan's 10th District in 2014.

Miller began her political career as a member of the Harrison Township Board. She served in that position from 1979 to 1980 and as a Harrison Township Supervisor from 1980 to 1992. She went on to be Treasurer for Macomb County, Michigan, from 1992 to 1994. Miller then served as Michigan Secretary of State from 1994 to 2002.

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Miller is an average Republican member of Congress, meaning she will vote with the Republican Party on the majority of bills.

Biography

Miller was born in 1963 in Detroit, Michigan. After graduating from Lakeshore High School, Miller attended both Macomb County Community College and Northwood Institute. Prior to her political career, Miller worked as a small business owner.[1]

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Miller's political career:[1]

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Miller serves on the following committees:[2]

2011-2012

Miller served on the following House committees:[3]

Key votes

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1 percent) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[4] For more information pertaining to Miller's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[5]

National security

NDAA

Yea3.png Miller voted for HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[6]

DHS Appropriations

Yea3.png Miller voted for HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 that was largely along party lines.[7]

CISPA (2013)

Yea3.png Miller voted for HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities. The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[8]

Economy

Farm bill

Yea3.png On January 29, 2014, the U.S. House approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, also known as the Farm Bill.[9] The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill reformed and continued various programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in when prices drop.[10][11] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[11] Miller voted with 161 other Republican representatives in favor of the bill.

2014 Budget

Yea3.png On January 15, 2014, the Republican-run House approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[12][13] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[13] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[14] It included a 1% increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency and protected the Affordable Care Act from any drastic cuts. Miller voted with the majority of the Republican party in favor of the bill.[12]

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Yea3.png On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[15] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[16] Miller voted in favor of the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[17]

Nay3.pngThe shutdown ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[18] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Miller voted against HR 2775.[19]

Federal Pay Adjustment Act

Yea3.png Miller voted for HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees. The bill passed the House on February 15, 2013, with a vote of 261 - 154. The bill would prevent a 0.5% pay increase for all federal workers from taking effect, saving the federal government $11 billion over 10 years.[20]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Yea3.png Miller voted for House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States.[21] The vote largely followed party lines.[22]

Healthcare

Healthcare Reform Rules

Yea3.png Miller voted for House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires that all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[23]

Social issues

Abortion

Yea3.png Miller voted for HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196 that largely followed party lines. The purpose of the bill is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[24]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Yea3.png Miller voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. She was 1 of 85 Republicans that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[25]

Issues

On The Issues Vote Match

Miller's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Miller is a Populist-Leaning Conservative. Miller received a score of 15 percent on social issues and 73 percent on economic issues.[26]

On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[27]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Favors Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Opposes
Expand ObamaCare Opposes Comfortable with same-sex marriage Opposes
Vouchers for school choice Favors Keep God in the public sphere Strongly Favors
Absolute right to gun ownership Strongly Favors Human needs over animal rights Neutral
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Opposes Stricter punishment reduces crime Favors
Support & expand free trade Neutral Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Opposes
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Strongly Favors
Prioritize green energy Opposes Expand the military Favors
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Favors Stay out of Iran Strongly Opposes
Privatize Social Security Strongly Favors Never legalize marijuana Strongly Favors
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Earmarks

A Washington Post investigation in February 2012 revealed that 33 members of Congress helped direct more than $300 million in earmarks to public projects in close proximity to commercial and residential real estate owned by the lawmakers or their family members.[28] According to the report, Miller secured a $486,000 earmark to help add a 14-foot-wide bike lane to a new bridge over the Clinton River, about 900 feet from her home.[29]

Presidential preference

2012

See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Candice Miller endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [30]

Campaign themes

2012

Below are five issues which were highlighted by Miller on her campaign website.[31]

  • Promoting job growth and getting our economy moving again

Excerpt: "There is no issue of greater importance in our nation than growing our economy to allow for new job creation. Ever bigger government which places onerous new burdens on job providers is one of the greatest impediments to new job growth."[32]

  • Keeping taxes low and fighting out of control spending

Excerpt: "The federal budget deficit has exceeded over $1.4 trillion for each of the past two years. Candice Miller does not believe that we have these out of control deficits because the American people’s taxes are too low – she believes we have these deficits because the federal government spends too much."[33]

  • Defending Our Nation

Excerpt: "In order to protect our nation and the freedom that we all hold dear Candice Miller believes we must ensure that our military remains strong. Throughout her career she has made it a priority to ensure that the United States military remains the best trained, best equipped and most lethal fighting force in the world."[34]

  • Making health care more affordable and accessible

Excerpt: Miller outlines a five point program: "Repeal Obamacare," "Help those with pre-existing conditions receive coverage," "Enact market-based reforms that will lower costs," "Expand use of health savings accounts" and "Protect Medicare."[35]

  • Protecting the Great Lakes

Excerpt: Miller outlines a three point program: "Protecting Drinking Water," "Fighting Invasive Species" and "Standing Strong against Asian Carp."[36]

Elections

2014

See also: Michigan's 10th Congressional District elections, 2014

Miller is running for re-election to Michigan's 10th District in 2014. Miller ran unopposed for the Republican nomination in the primary on August 5, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

2012

See also: Michigan's 10th Congressional District elections, 2012

Miller won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Michigan's 10th District.[37] She ran unopposed in the Republican primary. She then defeated Chuck Stadler (D) and Bhagwan Dashairya (L) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[38]

U.S. House, Michigan District 10 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Chuck Stadler 29.7% 97,734
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngCandice Miller Incumbent 68.8% 226,075
     Libertarian Bhagwan Dashairya 1.5% 4,803
Total Votes 328,612
Source: Michigan Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Miller is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Miller raised a total of $5,737,823 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 16, 2013.[44]

Candice Miller's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Michigan, District 10) Won $674,170
2010 US House (Michigan, District 10) Won $761,649
2008 US House (Michigan, District 10) Won $835,527
2006 US House (Michigan, District 10) Won $860,582
2004 US House (Michigan, District 10) Won $956,350
2002 US House (Michigan, District 10) Won $1,649,545
Grand Total Raised $5,737,823

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Miller’s reports.[45]

Candice Miller (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[46]April 15, 2013$773,968.60$28,386.90$(28,477.51)$773,877.99
July Quarterly[47]July 15, 2013$773,877.99$268,025.18$(69,380.73)$972,522.44
October Quarterly[48]October 14, 2013$972,522.44$99,689.44$(76,930.61)$995,281.27
Year-End[49]January 30, 2014$995,281.27$49,535.51$(116,433.44)$930,383.34
April Quarterly[50]April 15, 2014$930,383.34$46,831.48$(47,913.86)$929,300.96
Running totals
$492,468.51$(339,136.15)

2012

Breakdown of the source of Miller's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Miller won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Miller's campaign committee raised a total of $674,170 and spent $801,503.[51]

Cost per vote

Miller spent $3.55 per vote received in 2012.

2010

Breakdown of the source of Miller's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Miller won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Miller's campaign committee raised a total of $761,649 and spent $846,119.[52]

Personal Gain Index

Congressional Personal Gain Index graphic.png
See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)

The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a four-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have prospered during their tenure as public servants.
It consists of four different metrics:

PGI: Change in net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives
Net Worth Metric graphic.png

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Miller's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $584,664 and $2,154,650. That averages to $1,369,657, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2012 of $$7,614,097.96. Miller ranked as the 182nd most wealthy representative in 2012.[53] Between 2004 and 2012, Miller's calculated net worth[54] increased by an average of 7 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[55]

Candice Miller Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2004$873,295
2012$1,369,657
Growth from 2004 to 2012:57%
Average annual growth:7%[56]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[57]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Miller is a "rank-and-file Republican" as of July 2014.[58] This was the same rating Miller received in June 2013.

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[59]

Miller most often votes with:

Miller least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Miller missed 102 of 8,669 roll call votes From January 2003 to July 2014. This amounts to 1.2 percent, which is better than the median of 2.5 percent among current congressional representatives as of July 2014.[60]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Miller paid her congressional staff a total of $931,735 in 2011. She ranked 100th on the list of the highest paid Republican representative staff salaries and ranked 183rd overall of the highest paid representative staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Michigan ranked 13th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[61]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Click the link above for the full ratings of all members of Congress.

2013

Miller ranked 76th in the conservative rankings in 2013.[62]

2012

Miller ranked 192nd in the conservative rankings in 2012.[63]

2011

Miller ranked 155th in the conservative rankings in 2011.[64]

Voting with party

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus

2013

Miller voted with the Republican Party 95.1 percent of the time, which ranked 74th among the 233 House Republican members as of July 2014.[65]

2013

Miller voted with the Republican Party 96.4 percent of the time, which ranked 134th among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.[66]

Personal

Miller lives in Harrison Township, Michigan, with her husband, Donald. They have one daughter.[67]

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See also

External links


References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Biographical Guide to Members of Congress, "Candice Miller," accessed December 23, 2011
  2. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013
  3. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "House of Representatives Committee Assignments," accessed December 23, 2011
  4. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  5. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  6. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1960 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  7. Project Vote Smart, "HR 2217 - DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  8. Project Vote Smart, "HR 624 - CISPA (2013) - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  9. Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
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  19. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  20. Project Vote Smart, "HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  21. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed September 16, 2013
  22. Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  23. Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  24. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  25. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  26. 26.0 26.1 On The Issues, "Candice Miller Vote Match," accessed June 20, 2014
  27. The questions in the quiz are broken down into two sections -- social and economic. In social questions, liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers. For the economic questions, conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers.
  28. Washington Post, "Congressional earmarks sometimes used to fund projects near lawmakers' properties," February 6, 2012
  29. Washington Post, "Mapping the earmarks," February 6, 2012
  30. Mitt Romney for President, "Mitt Romney Announces Support of Michigan Congresswoman Candice Miller," March 18, 2012
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  32. Candice Miller, "Job Growth," accessed October 9, 2012
  33. Candice Miller, "Taxes," accessed October 9, 2012
  34. Candice Miller, "Defending Our Nation," accessed October 9, 2012
  35. Candice Miller, "Healthcare," accessed October 9, 2012
  36. Candice Miller, "Protecting the Great Lakes," accessed October 9, 2012
  37. Politico, "2012 Election Map, Michigan," accessed November 6, 2012
  38. Associated Press, "2012 Primary Results," accessed August 7, 2012
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  53. OpenSecrets, "Miller, (R-MI), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014
  54. This figure represents the average annual percentage growth from either 2004 (if the member entered office in 2004 or earlier) or their first year in office (as noted in the chart below) to 2012, divided by the number of years calculated.
  55. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  56. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  57. This figure was calculated using median asset data from the Census Bureau. Please see the Congressional Net Worth data for Ballotpedia spreadsheet for more information on this calculation.
  58. GovTrack, "Candice Miller," accessed July 29, 2014
  59. OpenCongress, "Candice Miller," accessed July 29, 2014
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  61. LegiStorm, "Candice Miller," accessed December 15, 2012
  62. National Journal, "2013 Congressional Vote Ratings," accessed July 29, 2014
  63. National Journal, "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 26, 2013
  64. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012
  65. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  66. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  67. Official House Site, "About," accessed December 23, 2011
Political offices
Preceded by
David Bonior
U.S. House of Representatives - Michigan, District 10
2003-present
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Michigan Secretary of State
1994-2002
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Treasurer, Macomb County, Michigan
1992-1994
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