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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 1 of 172 Democrats that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2012/roll659.xml ''U.S. House'', "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013]</ref>
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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 1 of 172 Democrats who voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2012/roll659.xml ''U.S. House'', "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013]</ref>
  
 
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George Miller
George Miller.jpg
U.S. House, California, District 11
Incumbent
In office
1975-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 39
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorRon Dellums (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$4.44 in 2012
First electedNovember 5, 1974
Next primaryJune 3, 2014
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$4,966,679
Term limitsN/A
Education
Associate'sDiablo Valley College
Bachelor'sSan Francisco State University, 1968
J.D.University of California, Davis, 1972
Personal
BirthdayMay 17, 1945
Place of birthRichmond, California
ProfessionAttorney
Net worth$651,504
ReligionRoman Catholic
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
George Miller (b. May 17, 1945, in Richmond, California) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House representing California's 11th Congressional District. Miller was first elected to the House in 1974.

Miller most recently won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House.[1] He defeated Virginia Fuller (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012. He was displaced from the 7th District by redistricting.[2]

Miller began his political career as a legislative assistant to the Senate Majority Leader of the California State Senate. He worked in that position from 1969 until his election to the U.S. House in 1974.

Miller is retiring at the end of his current term after spending 40 years in the U.S. House. He will not seek re-election in 2014.[3]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Miller is one of the most reliable Democratic votes, meaning he can be considered a safe vote for the Democratic Party in Congress.

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Miller's academic, professional and political career:[4]

  • 1965: Graduated from Diablo Valley College with A.A.
  • 1968: Graduated from San Francisco State University with B.A.
  • 1972: Graduated from University of California Law School, Davis with J.D.
  • 1969-1974: Legislative assistant to senate majority leader, California state legislature
  • 1975-Present: U.S Representative from California

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Miller serves on the following committees:[5]

2011-2012

Miller served on the following committees:[6]

Issues

Legislative actions

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1 percent) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[7] For more information pertaining to Miller's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[8]

National security

American response in Syria

See also: United States involvement in Syria

On August 29, 2013, more than 50 House Democrats signed a letter written by California Rep. Barbara Lee that called for a congressional resolution on strikes, and cautioned that the dire situation in Syria "should not draw us into an unwise war—especially without adhering to our constitutional requirements."[9][10] The letter also called on the Obama administration to work with the U.N. Security Council “to build international consensus” condemning the alleged use of chemical weapons. Miller was one of the 50 Democrats in the House to sign the letter.[9][10]

NDAA

Voted "No" Miller voted against HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[11]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "No" Miller voted against HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 that was largely along party lines.[12]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "No" Miller voted against HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities. The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[13]

Economy

Farm bill

Nay3.png On January 29, 2014, the U.S. House approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, known as the Farm Bill.[14] The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill provides for the reform and continuation of agricultural and other programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in when prices drop.[15][16] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[16] Miller voted with 102 other Democratic representatives against the bill.

2014 Budget

Yea3.png On January 15, 2014, the Republican-run House approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[17][18] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[18] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[19] It included a 1 percent increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency and protected the Affordable Care Act from any drastic cuts. Miller joined with the majority of the Democratic party and voted in favor of the bill.[17][18]

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "No" On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[20] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[21] Miller voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[22]

Voted "Yes" The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[23] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Miller voted for HR 2775.[24]

Federal Pay Adjustment Act

Voted "No" Miller voted against HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees. The bill passed the House on February 15, 2013, with a vote of 261 - 154. The bill would prevent a 0.5% pay increase for all federal workers from taking effect, saving the federal government $11 billion over 10 years.[25]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "No" Miller voted against House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States.[26] The vote largely followed party lines.[27]

Healthcare

Healthcare Reform Rules

Neutral/Abstain Miller did not vote on House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires that all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[28]

Social issues

Abortion

Voted "No" Miller voted against HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196 that largely followed party lines. The purpose of the bill is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[29]

Previous congressional sessions

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 1 of 172 Democrats who voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[30]

Campaign spending

Miller discussed California's top-two primary system and campaign spending on MSNBC's "The Daily Rundown." He said, "That anonymous, secret money is, to me, … as dangerous as anything that’s ever been pointed at our democracy." When asked about his thoughts on the effects of California's primary system, he continued, "I think we don’t know yet. So far … the top two running just means you have to spend twice as much money. It doesn’t really lead to different results. I’m much more concerned about whether or not you have a fair and open reapportionment system, and then I’m deeply concerned about the advance of anonymous, large amounts of money. I think it destroys the impact of local communities on who their candidates and who their representatives are going to be."[31]

Elections

2014

See also: California's 11th Congressional District elections, 2014

Miller is retiring at the end of his current term and not seeking re-election in 2014.

2012

See also: California's 11th Congressional District elections, 2012

Miller won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing California's 11th District as a Democrat.[1] He was displaced from the 7th District by redistricting. He and Virginia Fuller (R) advanced past the blanket primary on June 5, 2012, defeating John Fitzgerald (D) and Cheryl Sudduth (D). Miller then defeated Fuller in the general election on November 6, 2012.[32][33]

U.S. House, California District 11 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngGeorge Miller Incumbent 69.7% 200,743
     Republican Virginia Fuller 30.3% 87,136
Total Votes 287,879
Source: California Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
U.S. House, California District 11 Open Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngGeorge Miller (D) Incumbent 58.5% 76,163
Green check mark transparent.pngVirginia Fuller (R) 31% 40,333
John Fitzgerald (D) 7% 9,092
Cheryl Sudduth (D) 3.6% 4,635
Total Votes 130,223

2010

On November 2, 2010, George Miller won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Rick Tubbs (R) in the general election.[34]

U.S. House, California District 7 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngGeorge Miller incumbent 68.3% 122,435
     Republican Rick Tubbs 31.7% 56,764
Total Votes 179,199

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 $4,966,679 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 22, 2013.[53]

George Miller's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (California, District 11) Won $743,547
2010 US House (California, District 7) Won $972,502
2008 US House (California, District 7) Won $1,155,882
2006 US House (California, District 7) Won $667,494
2004 US House (California, District 7) Won $573,259
2002 US House (California, District 7) Won $471,747
2000 US House (California, District 7) Won $382,248
Grand Total Raised $4,966,679

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Miller's reports.[54]

George Miller (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[55]April 15, 2013$208,528.40$79,523.08$(72,243.63)$215,537.85
July Quarterly[56]July 15, 2013$215,537.85$233,721.74$(94,604.43)$354,655.16
October Quarterly[57]October 15, 2013$354,655.16$66,101.35$(71,683.05)$349,073.46
Running totals
$379,346.17$(238,531.11)

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 $743,547 and spent $891,945.[58] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[59]

Cost per vote

Miller spent $4.44 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 $972,502 and spent $1,008,838.[60]

His top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:

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 "far-left Democratic leader" as of June 2013.[61]

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.[62]

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 1,709 of 22,905 roll call votes from January 1975 to March 2013. This amounts to 7.5%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[63]

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 $1,102,577 in 2011. He ranked 52nd on the list of the highest paid Democratic representative staff salaries and ranked 65th overall of the highest 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.[64]

Net worth

See also: Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Miller's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $257,010 and $1,045,999. That averages to $651,504, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2012 of $5,700,168.36. Miller ranked as the 247th most wealthy representative in 2012.[65]

George Miller Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2012$651,504
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.

National Journal vote ratings

2011

See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Miller ranked 30th in the liberal rankings.[66]

Voting with party

2013

Miller voted with the Democratic Party 95.7% of the time, which ranked 84th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[67]

Personal

Miller and his wife, Cynthia, have two children.

Recent news

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See also

External links


References

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  2. California Democratic Party, "Official California Democratic Party Endorsements," accessed March 3, 2012
  3. Politico, "Veteran Democrat George Miller to retire," January 13, 2014
  4. Biographical Director of the United States Congress, "George Miller," accessed November 2, 2011
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  10. 10.0 10.1 Washington Post, "More than 50 House Democrats also want Syria strike resolution," accessed September 2, 2013
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  12. Project Vote Smart, "HR 2217 - Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  13. Project Vote Smart, "HR 624 - CISPA (2013) - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  14. Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
  15. Politico, "House clears Farm Bill," accessed February 12, 2014
  16. 16.0 16.1 New York Times, "Senate passes long-stalled Farm Bill, with clear winners and losers," accessed February 12, 2014
  17. 17.0 17.1 CNN.com, "House passes compromise $1.1 trillion budget for 2014," accessed January 20, 2014
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 21," accessed January 20, 2014
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  28. Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  29. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
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Preceded by
Ron Dellums
U.S. House - California, District 11
1975-Present
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