Joe Miller (Alaska)

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Joe Miller
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Candidate for
U.S. Senate, Alaska
Master'sUniversity of Alaska
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Army
Campaign website
Joe Miller (b. May 10, 1967 in Osborne, Kansas) was a 2014 Republican candidate who sought election to the U.S. Senate from Alaska.[1] He was defeated by Daniel S. Sullivan in the Republican primary on August 19, 2014.[2]

In 2010, he defeated incumbent Lisa Murkowski (R) in the primary election for U.S. Senate. However, she then ran in the general election as a write-in candidate and defeated Miller.[3]


Miller graduated from West Point in 1989. He then served as an armor officer with the 1st Infantry Division in Desert Storm. Miller then earned his J.D. from Yale Law School and his master's degree in economics from the University of Alaska. At age 30, he was appointed as a State Magistrate. Four years later he was appointed an Acting State District Court Judge and U.S. Magistrate Judge in Fairbanks.[3]



See also: United States Senate elections in Alaska, 2014

Miller ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. Senate, representing Alaska. Miller was defeated by Daniel S. Sullivan in the Republican primary election.[2]

U.S. Senate, Alaska Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDan Sullivan 40.1% 44,740
Joe Miller 32.1% 35,904
Mead Treadwell 24.9% 27,807
John Jaramillo 2.9% 3,246
Total Votes 111,697
Source: Alaska Secretary of State


  • Sarah Palin, who said in her endorsement statement, "We said we'd send the good guys in Washington their reinforcements, so, Alaska, here we go! Vote for Joe Miller on Tuesday and shake off the liberal stronghold so we can get on the right track."[4]
  • Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who said in his endorsement statement, "Joe Miller is a true constitutional conservative with a vision to protect our borders and restore America".[5]
  • Miller received the endorsements of two of the most prominent groups which advocate for Second Amendment rights, The Gun Owners of America’s Political Victory Fund and the National Association for Gun Rights PAC.[6]
  • Alaska Right to Life PAC: "The pro-life position Joe Miller takes isn’t merely a common political platitude, but is centered in the core of who he is. Joe will be a champion for the pro-life cause in Washington and is exactly the caliber of man we need representing Alaska in the US Senate. Alaska Right to Life’s Political Action Committee is proud to endorse him."[7]


Miller ran for election to the U.S. Senate in 2010. He challenged and defeated incumbent Lisa Murkowski in the Republican primary. However, Murkowski defeated him in the general election as a write-in candidate.

U.S. Senate, Alaska, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Write-in Green check mark transparent.pngLisa Murkowski Incumbent 39.7% 101,091
     Republican Joe Miller 35.6% 90,839
     Democratic Scott T. McAdams 23.6% 60,045
     Libertarian Frederick Haase 0.6% 1,459
     Nonaffiliated Tim Carter 0.4% 927
     Nonaffiliated Ted Gianoutsos 0.2% 458
Total Votes 254,819

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Candidates for Congress were required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Miller's reports.


Miller and his wife, Kathleen, live in Fairbanks. They have eight children: Kelsey, Katy, Joseph, Jake, Josh, Kassia, James and Kristianna.[3]

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