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Borris Miles
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Texas State House, District 146
In office
2011 - Present
Term ends
January 13, 2015
Years in position 4
Base salary$7,200/year
Per diem$150/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Texas House of Representatives, District 146
Bachelor'sSam Houston State University
Office website
Campaign website
Borris Miles (b. October 23, 1965) is a Democratic member of the Texas House of Representatives, representing District 146. He was first elected to the chamber in 2006, but left the chamber after the 2008 election and was elected again in the 2010 elections.[1]


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.

Committee assignments


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:


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.[1]

Medical tourism

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[2] 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.[3]

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.[4]

Miles said he has offered the paid trips to Costa Rica to school boards, union leaders and "any people of influence."[5]



See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for all 150 seats in the Texas House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on March 4, 2014. Those candidates who did not receive 50% or more of the vote in their party primary on March 4 faced an additional May 27 primary runoff. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was December 9, 2013. Incumbent Borris Miles was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Miles defeated Morgan Bradford (Green Party) in the general election.[6][7][8]

Texas House of Representatives, District 146 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBorris Miles Incumbent 91.9% 21,702
     Green Morgan Bradford 8.1% 1,920
Total Votes 23,622


See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2012

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.[9][10]

Texas House of Representatives District 146 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBorris Miles Incumbent 57.6% 4,484
Al Edwards 42.4% 3,305
Total Votes 7,789


See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2010

In the March 2 Republican primary, Miles defeated incumbent Al Edwards by a margin of 5,048-5,040.[11] 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
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Borris Miles (D) 25,098 100%

Campaign donors

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.[12]

Borris Miles's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Texas State House, District 146 Won $155,819
2010 Texas State House, District 146 Won $683,075
2008 Texas State House, District 146 Defeated $97,560
2006 Texas State House, District 146 Won $891,677
Grand Total Raised $1,828,131


Miles 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
Hillco Partners$12,000
Border Health$5,000
Nelson, Randolph$5,000
Houston Fire Fighters$5,000
Total Raised in 2012$155,819
Source: Follow the Money


Miles won election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Miles raised a total of $683,075.


Miles lost the election for the Texas House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Miles raised a total of $97,560.


Miles won election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Miles raised a total of $891,677.



In 2012, Miles’s endorsements included the following:[13]

  • 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."[14] 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.[15] 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.[16][17]

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.[18]

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.[19]

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.[20]

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.[21] 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.[22][23]

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External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 Borris Miles for State Representative 146, "Legislation", accessed September 10, 2010
  2. Texas Watchdog, "HISD vendor state Rep. Borris Miles offered trustees all-expenses-paid Costa Rican trip, email shows", June 16,2011
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. Texas Secretary of State, "1992 - Current ELECTION HISTORY," accessed December 2, 2014
  7. The Libertarian Party of Texas, "2014 Texas Representative Candidate List," accessed July 30, 2014
  8. Green Party of Texas, "Greens Release Candidate List," accessed July 30, 2014
  9. Texas Democratic Party - Democratic Primary Candidates
  10. Office of the (Texas) Secretary of State, "Race Summary Report," accessed July 12, 2012
  11. Results for April 13, 2010 primary in Texas
  12. Follow the Money, "Miles, Borris L," accessed August 20, 2013
  13. Miles Campaign website, "Supporters"
  14. Empower Texans, "Fiscal Responsibility Index"
  15. The Houston Chronicle, "State Rep. Miles indicted on deadly conduct charges", April 14, 2008
  16. Project Vote Smart, "Key Vote: Deadly Force in Self-Defense", accessed September 10, 2010
  17. Fox News, "Texas State Lawmaker Opposing Deadly Force Bill Shoots Would-Be Thief", July 9, 2007
  18. The Texas Tribune, "Recount Confirms Borris Miles Wins Primary", March 24, 2010
  19. Isiah Carey's Insite, "I'LL DEBATE YOU IF YOU TAKE A DRUG TEST FIRST!", accessed September 10, 2010
  20. The Texas Tribune, "Borris Miles Takes Part in Drug Test on Live Radio", February 11, 2010
  21. The Houston Chronicle, "Miles by an inch", March 12, 2010
  22. The Houston Chronicle, "Misleading Miles markers?", March 18, 2010
  23. Texas Watchdog, "Allegation: Signs posted by Borris Miles in heated Houston statehouse race violated election laws", March 17, 2010
Political offices
Preceded by
Al Edwards (D)
Texas House of Representatives District 146
Succeeded by