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Candice Miller
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U.S. House, Michigan, District 10
In office
January 3, 2003-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 11
PredecessorDavid Bonior (D)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 5, 2002
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$5,737,823
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Michigan Secretary of State
Treasurer, Macomb County, Michigan
High schoolLakeshore High School, St. Clair Shores, Michigan
BirthdayMay 7, 1954
Place of birthDetroit, Michigan
ProfessionSmall Business Owner
Net worth$1,647,506
Office website
Campaign website
Candice S. Miller (b. May 7, 1954) 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 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.


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]


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

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Miller serves on the following committees:[2]


Miller served on the following House committees:[3]



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.[4] 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.[5]

Presidential preference


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

Candice Miller endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [6]

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" 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 one 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.[7]

Campaign themes


Below are five issues which were highlighted by Miller on her campaign website.[8]

  • 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."[9]

  • 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."[10]

  • 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."[11]

  • 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."[12]

  • Protecting the Great Lakes

Excerpt: Miller outlines a three point program: "Protecting Drinking Water," "Fighting Invasive Species" and "Standing Strong against Asian Carp."[13]



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.[14] 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.[15]

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.[21]

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


Breakdown of Miller's funds according to source.

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.[22]


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.[23]

U.S. House, Michigan District 10, 2010 - Candice Miller Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $761,649
Total Spent $846,119
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $0
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $0
Top contributors to Candice Miller's campaign committee
National Auto Dealers Assn$12,500
Air Line Pilots Assn$10,000
Aircraft Owners & Pilots Assn$10,000
American Bankers Assn$10,000
American Crystal Sugar$10,000
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Transportation Unions$62,000
Building Trade Unions$38,500
Health Professionals$30,300
Lawyers/Law Firms$26,050


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 June 2013.[24]

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Miller missed 100 of 7,661 roll call votes From Jan 2003 to Mar 2013, which is 1.3% of votes during that period. This is better than the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving.[25]

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 his congressional staff a total of $931,735 in 2011. She ranked 100th on the list of the highest paid Republican Representative Staff Salaries and she 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.[26]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by - The Center for Responsive Politics, Miller's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $1,034,013 and $2,261,000. This averages to $1,647,506, which is a 0.4239% increase since 2010.[27]


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by - The Center for Responsive Politics, Miller's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $632,022 and $1,682,000. That averages to $1,157,011, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.This is lower than the $7,859,232 average net worth for Republican representatives in 2011.[28]

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, as compared to other members in the previous year. More information about the analysis process can be found on the vote ratings page.


According to the data released in 2013, Miller was ranked the 192nd most conservative representative during 2012.[29]


According to the data released in 2012, Candice Miller was ranked the 155th most conservative representative during 2011.[30]

Voting with party


The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Candice Miller has voted with the Republican Party 96.4% of the time, which ranked 134th among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.[31]


Miller lives in Harrison Township, Michigan, with her husband, Donald. They have one daughter.[32]

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External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 Biographical Guide to Members of Congress "Candice Miller" Accessed December 23, 2011
  2., "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  3. U.S. Congress House Clerk "House of Representatives Committee Assignments" Accessed December 23, 2011
  4. Washington Post "Congressional earmarks sometimes used to fund projects near lawmakers' properties," February 6, 2012
  5. Washington Post "Mapping the earmarks," February 6, 2012
  6. Mitt Romney for President, "Mitt Romney Announces Support of Michigan Congresswoman Candice Miller," March 18, 2012
  7. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  8. Candice Miller "Issues," Accessed October 9, 2012
  9. Candice Miller "Job Growth," Accessed October 9, 2012
  10. Candice Miller "Taxes," Accessed October 9, 2012
  11. Candice Miller "Defending Our Nation," Accessed October 9, 2012
  12. Candice Miller "Healthcare," Accessed October 9, 2012
  13. Candice Miller "Protecting the Great Lakes," Accessed October 9, 2012
  14. Politico "2012 Election Map, Michigan"
  15. Associated Press primary results
  16. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  17. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  18. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  19. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  20. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  21. 'Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Candice Miller," Accessed May 16, 2013
  22. Open Secrets " 2012 Re-Election Cycle," Accessed February 15, 2013
  23. Open Secrets "Candice Miller 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed December 23, 2011
  24. Gov Track "Candice Miller," Accessed June 7 2013
  25. GovTrack, "Candice Miller" Accessed April 2013
  26. LegiStorm "Candice Miller"
  27., "Miller, (R-Michigan), 2011"
  28., "Miller, (R-Michigan), 2010"
  29. National Journal, "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 26, 2013
  30. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  31. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
  32. Official House Site "About," Accessed December 23, 2011
Political offices
Preceded by
David Bonior
U.S. House of Representatives - Michigan, District 10
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Michigan Secretary of State
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Treasurer, Macomb County, Michigan
Succeeded by