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Gary Miller
Gary Miller.jpg
U.S. House, California, District 31
Incumbent
In office
1999-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 15
PartyRepublican
PredecessorJoe Baca (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 3, 1998
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$4,978,796
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
California State Assembly
1995-1998
Mayor, Diamond Bar, California
1992-1994
City Council of Diamond Bar, California
1989-1992
Education
Bachelor'sMount San Antonio College (did not earn degree)
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army
Years of service1967
Personal
BirthdayOctober 16, 1948
Place of birthHuntsville, Arkansas
ProfessionBusiness Owner
Net worth$44,517,529
ReligionChristian
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Gary Miller (b. October 16, 1948 in Huntsville, Arkansas) is a Republican member of the U.S. House representing California's 31st congressional district. Miller was first elected to the House in 1998.

Miller most recently won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing California's 31st District.[1] He defeated Bob Dutton (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012. He was displaced from the 42nd district by redistricting.[2] According to a March 2012 article in Roll Call, Miller was one of the top 10 most vulnerable incumbents in 2012.[3]

Prior to his career in the U.S. House, Miller served in the California State Assembly from 1995 to 1999.

According to a Washington Post article in December 2012, Miller is one of the 10 most vulnerable incumbents in 2014.[4]

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

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Miller's academic, professional and political career, during which time he also worked as a businessman:[5]

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Miller serves on the following committees:[6]

2011-2012

Miller served on the following committees:[7]

Issues

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.[8] According to the report, Miller secured $1.28 million in earmarks to help repave, re-landscape and install new drains along Grand Avenue in Diamond Bar, California. The project, previously reported by The Inland Valley Daily Bulletin of Ontario, upgraded an access road for a residential and retail development that he co-owned with a campaign donor. Miller sold the property months after securing the earmark.[9]

Political positions

Immigration reform

Several Republican members of the U.S. House might face a tougher path to re-election in 2014 if immigration reform does not pass in the House, according to a Public Policy Poll released on July 9, 2013.[10]

According to the poll, a majority of voters in seven Republican congressional districts would be less likely to vote for their current representative if he fails support immigration reform. Voters also reported in the poll that they would be less likely to support Republican candidates in the 2014 general election if the Republican House members block the current immigration reform proposal.[10] Miller is one of the seven representatives who serves in a district with overwhelming support for the Senate’s immigration reform plan.[10]

Campaign themes

2012

Miller's campaign website listed the following issues:[11]

  • Taxes
Excerpt: "Since coming to Congress, I have been a tireless advocate of lower taxes and a believer that Americans deserve to keep more of their hard earned dollars. As as our economy continues to recover from a deep and prolonged recession, I believe that raising taxes will only hinder economic growth and create additional burdens for American families, who have seen their wages and home values fall, while the cost of energy and many consumer goods continue to climb."
  • Education
Excerpt: "The future of our nation is dependent upon an educated workforce. Ensuring that our children have access to a quality education remains a top priority of mine in Congress. States and local school district must be given the flexibility they need to meet their needs without onerous regulations and mandates from government bureaucrats."
  • Budget, Deficit, Debt
Excerpt: "Since President Obama took office, out-of-control federal spending has sent our national debt soaring in excess of $15 trillion, putting the future prosperity of our great nation at risk."
  • Jobs & the Economy
Excerpt: "Job creation is vital to our economic recovery. While there have been some recent modest signs of improvement, the sad fact is millions of Americans remain out of work, are struggling to find full-time work, or have dropped out of the labor force altogether."
  • Second Amendment
Excerpt: "I am an adamant defender of the 2nd Amendment. Congress must not improperly hamper the right of law-abiding citizens to bear arms. If we are to honor and uphold the Constitution, this right cannot be infringed. "

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. He 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.[12]

Elections

2014

See also: California's 31st congressional district elections, 2014

According to a Washington Post article in December 2012, Miller is one of the 10 most vulnerable incumbents in 2014.[13]

Miller is one of three vulnerable Republican members of the House, who represent substantially Hispanic districts, to be targeted by TV ads from Democratic Super PAC House Majority PAC. The ads provide a preview to Democratic plans to turn immigration into a key issue and brand Republicans as unwilling to embrace immigration reform.[14]

Miller is a member of the National Republican Congressional Committee's Patriot Program. The program is designed to assist vulnerable Republican incumbents heading into the 2014 election.[15]

2012

See also: California's 31st congressional district elections, 2012

Miller won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing California's 31st District as a Republican.[1] He was displaced from the 42nd district by redistricting. He decided to move to the 31st district after Congressman Jerry Lewis announced that he would be retiring. He and Bob Dutton (R) advanced past the blanket primary on June 5, 2012, defeating Justin Kim (D), Rita Ramirez-Dean (D), Renea Wickman (D), and Pete Aguilar (D). Miller went on to defeat Dutton in the November 6, 2012, general election.[16][17]

According to a March 30, 2012 article from The Washington Post, that noted the top 10 incumbents who could have lost their primaries, Miller was the 9th most likely incumbent to lose his primary.[18]

U.S. House, California District 31 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngGary Miller Incumbent 55.2% 88,964
     Republican Bob Dutton 44.8% 72,255
Total Votes 161,219
Source: California Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


U.S. House, California District 31 Open Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngGary Miller (R) Incumbent 26.7% 16,708
Green check mark transparent.pngBob Dutton (R) 24.8% 15,557
Pete Aguilar (D) 22.6% 14,181
Justin Kim (D) 13.5% 8,487
Renea Wickman (D) 6.7% 4,188
Rita Ramirez-Dean (D) 5.7% 3,546
Total Votes 62,667

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Miller is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Miller raised a total of $4,978,796 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 22, 2013.[26]

Gary Miller's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (California, District 31) Won $1,271,829
2010 US House (California, District 42) Won $767,700
2008 US House (California, District 42) Won $620,752
2006 US House (California, District 42) Won $671,006
2004 US House (California, District 42) Won $640,276
2002 US House (California, District 42) Won $520,563
2000 US House (California, District 41) Won $486,670
Grand Total Raised $4,978,796

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Miller's reports.[27]

Gary Miller (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[28]April 12, 2013$426,074.75$78,629.75$(89,326.28)$415,378.22
July Quarterly[29]July 15, 2013$415,378.22$237,619.11$(78,414.32)$574,583.01
Running totals
$316,248.86$(167,740.6)

2012

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

Miller won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Miller's campaign committee raised a total of $1,271,829 and spent $1,706,171.[30] This is more than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[31]

Cost per vote

Miller spent $19.18 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 in 2010. During that election cycle, Miller's campaign committee raised a total of $767,700 and spent $769,415.[32]

His top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:

U.S. House, California District 42, 2010 - Gary Miller Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $767,700
Total Spent $769,415
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $0
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $0
Top contributors to Gary Miller's campaign committee
National Assn of Mortgage Brokers$19,100
Lytle Development$12,000
Associated General Contractors$10,000
AT&T Inc$10,000
National Assn of Home Builders$10,000
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Real Estate$147,250
Insurance$39,800
Health Professionals$30,200
Lobbyists$25,250
Commercial Banks$21,000

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 June 2013.[33]

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.[34]

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 705 of 9,861 roll call votes from January 1999 to March 2013. This amounts to 7.1%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[35]

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 $889,359 in 2011. He ranked 106th on the list of the lowest paid Republican representative staff salaries and ranked 130th overall of the lowest paid Representative Staff Salaries in 2011. Overall, California ranked 5th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[36]

Staff bonuses

According to an analysis by CNN, Miller is one of nearly 25% of House members who gave their staff bonuses in 2012. Miller's staff was given an apparent $822.22 in bonus money.[37]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Miller's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $273,013 and $1,111,999. That averages to $692,506, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Representatives in 2011 of $7,859,232. His average net worth decreased by 3.24% from 2010.[38]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Miller's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $17,454,056 and $74,562,000. That averages to $46,008,028, which is higher than the average net worth of Republican Representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.[39]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

2012

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Miller ranked 66th in the conservative rankings in 2012.[40]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Miller ranked 29th in the conservative rankings.[41]

Voting with party

2013

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Gary Miller has voted with the Republican Party 97.7% of the time, which ranked 71st among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.[42]

Personal

Miller and his wife, Cathy, have four children.

Recent news

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External links


References

  1. 1.0 1.1 CNN "California Districts Race - 2012 Election Center"
  2. "Lewis to retire after redistricting makes seat more favorable to Democrats" examiner.com, January 12, 2012
  3. Roll Call "Top 10 Vulnerable: Targets on Their Backs," March 16, 2012
  4. Washington Post "House Democrats Face Long Odds in 2014," December 7, 2012
  5. Biographical Director of the United States Congress "Gary Miller," Accessed November 14, 2011
  6. CQ.com - Roll Call, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed January 18, 2013
  7. United States Congressman Gary Miller "About Gary"
  8. Washington Post "Congressional earmarks sometimes used to fund projects near lawmakers' properties," February 6, 2012
  9. Washington Post "Mapping the earmarks," February 6, 2012
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Politico, "7 GOPers who need immigration vote," accessed July 9, 2013
  11. Campaign website, Issues
  12. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  13. Washington Post "House Democrats Face Long Odds in 2014," December 7, 2012
  14. Politico, "Ads target 3 House Republicans on immigration," July 18, 2013
  15. Roll Call, "House GOP Adds 9 Vulnerable Incumbents to Patriot Program," July 21, 2013
  16. California Secretary of State, Official candidate list
  17. Unofficial election results
  18. The Washingotn Post "The next Jean Schmidt? The top 10 House incumbents who could lose their primaries" Accessed April 1, 2012
  19. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  20. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  21. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  22. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  23. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  24. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
  25. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998," accessed March 28, 2013
  26. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Gary Miller," Accessed March 22, 2013
  27. Federal Election Commission "Gary Miller Summary Report," Accessed July 23, 2013
  28. 'Federal Election Commission "Gary Miller April Quarterly," Accessed July 23, 2013
  29. 'Federal Election Commission "Gary Miller July Quarterly," Accessed July 23, 2013
  30. Open Secrets "Gary Miller 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 20, 2013
  31. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
  32. Open Secrets "Gary Miller 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 14, 2011
  33. Gov Track "Gary Miller," Accessed June 7 2013
  34. OpenCongress, "Gary Miller," Accessed July 31, 2013
  35. GovTrack, "Gary Miller," Accessed April 2, 2013
  36. LegiStorm "Gary Miller"
  37. CNN Politics, "Congressional bonuses in a time of cuts," accessed March 8, 2013
  38. OpenSecrets.org, "Miller, (R-Cali), 2011"
  39. OpenSecrets.org, "Miller, (R-Cali), 2010"
  40. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 21, 2013
  41. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  42. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
Political offices
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1999-Present
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California State Assembly
1995-1998
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Mayor, Diamond Bar
1992-1994
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1989-1992
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