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|Nevada Secretary of State|
|Predecessor||Dean Heller (R)|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 4, 2014|
|First elected||November 7, 2006|
|Term limits||2 terms|
|Master's||Loyola Marymount University|
|J.D.||Loyola Marymount University|
|Place of birth||Las Vegas, Nevada|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Political career
- 3 Elections
- 4 Campaign donors
- 5 Personal
- 6 Recent news
- 7 Contact Information
- 8 See also
- 9 External links
- 10 References
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. He campaigned on a platform to fight election fraud, make Nevada the most business-friendly state in the nation and demand accountability from politicians.
In Jan. 2013, Governing named Miller as one of the top state Democratic officials to watch in the upcoming year. Miller served as President of the National Association of Secretaries of State for 2012-2013.
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.
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.
- B.A., Stanford University
- MBA, Loyola Marymount University
- J.D., Loyola Marymount University
Nevada Secretary of State (2007-2015)
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."
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." 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.” 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.
- 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.
- 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.
|Attorney General of Nevada, 2014|
|Republican||Adam Paul Laxalt||46.2%||251,379|
|Independent American||Jonathan Hansen||5.6%||30,513|
|Independent||None of these candidates||2.9%||15,629|
|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.
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.
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.
- See also: Nevada Secretary of State election, 2010
- 2010 Race for Secretary of State - Democratic Primary
- Ross Miller ran unopposed in this contest
|2010 Race for Secretary of State - General Election|
|Democratic Party||Ross Miller||53.2%|
|Republican Party||Rob Lauer||37.3%|
|American Independent Party||John Wagner||6.0%|
|None of these candidates||3.6%|
|2006 Race for Secretary of State - Democratic Primary|
|Democratic Party||Ross Miller||60.6%|
|Democratic Party||Roderick Boyd||19.4%|
|2006 Race for Secretary of State - General Election|
|Democratic Party||Ross Miller||48.7%|
|Republican Party||Danny Tarkanian||40.6%|
|Reform Party||Janine Hansen||6.8%|
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.
|Ross Miller's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||NV Secretary of State||$69,422|
|2010||NV Secretary of State||$640,898|
|2008||NV Secretary of State||$58,353|
|2006||NV Secretary of State||$938,180|
|Grand Total Raised||$1,706,853|
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|Ross Miller's Campaign Contributions|
Nevada Secretary of State
Nevada Secretary of State
|Total Raised by General Election Opponent||4775,011 (Rep)||$190,845 (Rep)|
|Top 5 contributors||MGM Mirage||$21,000||MGM Grand||$12,500|
|Wynn Resorts||$15,000||Searchlight Leadership Fund||$12,500|
|J A Tiberti Construction Company||$11,000||ME Aviation LLC||$10,000|
|Newmont Mining||$10,000||J A Tiberti Construction Company||$10,000|
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Contact InformationCapitol Address:
Nevada State Capitol Building
101 North Carson Street, Suite 3
Carson City, NV 89701
Phone: (775) 684-5708
Fax: (775) 684-5725
- Official Nevada Secretary of State website
- Campaign website
- Ross Miller's Facebook profile
- Ross Miller's Twitter account
- Project Vote Smart - Ross Miller biography
- Campaign contributions: 2012, 2010, 2008, 2006
- Rossmiller2010.com 2010 Campaign website
The Internet Archive's Wayback Machine was used to recall this version of the website from October 8, 2010.
- Nevada Secretary of State: Ross Miller's Biography
- Ross Miller, "Meet Ross," accessed August 19, 2013
- Governing, "State Democratic Officials to Watch in 2013," accessed January 25, 2013
- Ross Miller 2006, "Meet Ross," (dead link) (dead link)
- Nevada Secretary of State: Ross Miller's Biography
- Las Vegas Review-Journal, "Miller calls for voter photo ID law in Nevada," November 27, 2012
- This is Reno, "Republican Party to file ethics complaints against Secretary of State Ross Miller and State Treasurer Kate Marshall" 13 April, 2010
- Nevada Revised Statutes (NRS) Chapter 281A
- My News 4 "Secretary of State Ross Miller cleared in ethics complaints, no hearing will be held" 14 May, 2010
- ActBlue - Donations for 2006
- American Spectator, "SOS in Minnesota" 7 Nov. 2008
- RGJ.com, "Ross Miller: A prince who would be king," January 10, 2013
- Review Journal, Barlow considering run for state controller, July 22, 2013
- Las Vegas Sun, "Nevada AG candidates trade charges during debate," November 10, 2014
- Nevada Secretary of State - 2010 General Election Results
- Nevada Secretary of State - Official 2006 Primary Election Results
- Nevada Secretary of State - Official 2006 General Election Results
- Follow the Money, "Career fundraising for Ross Miller," accessed May 23, 2013
- Follow the Money.org, "Home," accessed February 17, 2015
Dean Heller (R)
|Nevada Secretary of State
| Succeeded by|
Barbara Cegavske (R)