Jeff Miller (Florida)

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Jeff Miller
Jefferson Miller.jpg
U.S. House, Florida, District 1
Incumbent
In office
November 2001-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 13
PartyRepublican
PredecessorJoe Scarborough (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$7.36 in 2012
First elected2000
Next primaryAugust 26, 2014
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$3,323,839
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Florida House of Representatives
1999-2001
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Florida
Personal
BirthdayJune 27, 1959
Place of birthSt. Petersburg, Florida
ProfessionReal Estate Broker
Net worth$1,345,245
ReligionMethodist
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Jeff Miller campaign logo
Jefferson B. "Jeff" Miller (b. June 27, 1959, in St. Petersburg, Florida) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives, representing Florida's 1st Congressional District since 2001.

Miller assumed office in 2001 in a special election to replace Joe Scarborough. Miller most recently won re-election in 2012. Miller previously served in the Florida House of Representatives from 1999 to 2001.[1]

He is a signer of the Taxpayer Protection Pledge.[2]

He is running in 2014 for re-election to the U.S. House, representing the 1st Congressional District of Florida. He is seeking the Republican nomination in the primary.

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

Biography

Miller was born in St. Petersburg, Florida. After graduating from high school, he went on to receive a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Florida in 1984.[3][4]

Career

Miller was a real estate broker and a deputy sheriff before taking public office.[1]

Committee assignments

U.S. House of Representatives

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%) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14% 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

Miller has said he wants no part of President Obama’s plan to strike Syria.[9]

“I do not feel a strike on Syria is in the best interest of our country,” Miller said in a statement released September 3, 2013. “I know the intelligence and intend to vote no on the authorization for military action.”[9]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Miller voted in favor of 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 and was largely along party lines.[10]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "No" Miller voted against House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.[11]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "Yes" Miller voted in favor of 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.[12] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[13]

NDAA

Voted "Yes" Miller voted in support of 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.[14]

Economy

Farm bill

Neutral/Abstain 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.[15] 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.[16][17] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[17] Miller did not vote on the bill.

2014 Budget

Voted "Yes" 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.[18][19] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[19] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[20] It included a 1% 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 voted with the majority of the Republican party in favor of the bill.[18]

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" 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.[21] 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.[22] Miller voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[23]

Voted "No" 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 funds 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.[24] 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 against HR 2775.[25]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "Yes" Miller voted in favor of 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. The vote largely followed party lines.[26]

Healthcare

Healthcare Reform Rules

Neutral/Abstain Miller did not vote regarding 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 all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[27]

Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act

Neutral/Abstain Miller did not vote regarding HR 2009 - Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act of 2013. The bill passed through the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 232-185. The bill would prevent the IRS and Treasury Secretary from enforcing the powers provided to them in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The vote largely followed party lines.[28]

Social issues

Amash amendment

Voted "No" Miller voted against House Amendment 413 - Prohibits the National Security Agency from Collecting Records Under the Patriot Act. The amendment failed on July 4, 2013, by a vote of 205-217. The amendment would have prohibited the collection of records by the National Security Agency under the Patriot Act. Both parties were split on the vote.[29]

Climate Change

During a "Coffee with the Congressman" event in his district in August 2013, Miller stated, "It wasn’t just a few years ago, what was the problem that existed? It wasn’t global warming, we were gonna all be an ice cube. We’re not ice cubes. Our climate will continue to change because of the way God formed the earth."[30]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "No" Miller voted against 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 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[31]

Presidential preference

2012

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

Jeff Miller (Florida) endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [32]

Campaign themes

2012

Miller's campaign website listed the following issues:[33]

  • Jobs
Excerpt: "President Obama and the Democrat Party forced the largest deficit exploding spending bill in the history of our nation on the American people through a $787 billion dollar “stimulus” package. They said this was necessary to guide the American economy out of the ditch of recession and onto the road of recovery ushering us into a new era of prosperity."
  • Stopping Wasteful Spending
Excerpt: "One of biggest problems facing us right now is the wasteful spending in Washington and the growing federal deficit. As one of the most fiscally conservative members serving in Congress, this is a critical issue to me. We must stop the growth in discretionary spending that is occurring every year in Washington."
  • National Defense and the War on Terror
Excerpt: "The War on Terror is the greatest challenges America has faced in this new century. I am proud to be counted among the military's most vocal and consistent allies in the struggle to eliminate the terrorist threats around the world. Our military is the mightiest force on the planet and we need to continue to invest in it for the future."
  • The Second Amendment
Excerpt: "Since my days in the Florida Legislature, I have been a strong proponent of Second Amendment rights for law-abiding Americans. But the gun-grabbing liberals in Washington would like nothing more than to take guns out of the hands of hunters, sportsman, and those who simply want to protect their homes and families."
  • Illegal Immigration
Excerpt: "The need for immigration reform and border security is not only important to the fiber of our nation, it’s a matter of national security. Some in Congress have struggled with half-baked solutions and proposed to reward those illegally in our country with citizenship."

Elections

2014

See also: Florida's 1st Congressional District elections, 2014

Miller is running for re-election to the U.S. House, representing the 1st Congressional District of Florida. Miller is seeking the Republican nomination in the primary. The general election takes place on November 4, 2014.

2012

See also: Florida's 1st Congressional District elections, 2012

Miller won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Florida's 1st District.[34]

U.S. House, Florida District 1 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJeff Miller Incumbent 69.6% 238,440
     Democratic James Bryan 27.1% 92,961
     Libertarian Calen Fretts 3.3% 11,176
     Write-In William Drummond II 0% 17
Total Votes 342,594
Source: Florida 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 $3,323,839 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 3, 2013.[41]

Jeff Miller (Florida)'s Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House (Florida, District 1) Won $731,600
2010 U.S. House (Florida, District 1) Won $567,898
2008 U.S. House (Florida, District 1) Won $360,055
2006 U.S. House (Florida, District 1) Won $329,210
2004 U.S. House (Florida, District 1) Won $377,378
2002 U.S. House (Florida, District 1) Won $957,698
Grand Total Raised $3,323,839

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Miller's reports.[42]

Jeff Miller (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[43]April 15, 2013$65,948.60$9,750.00$(33,294.13)$42,404.47
July Quarterly[44]July 15, 2013$42,404.47$100,173.00$(52,051.85)$90,525.62
October Quarterly[45]October 13, 2013$90,525.62$53,090.00$(48,305.69)$95,309.93
Year-end[46]January 31, 2014$95,309.93$24,450$(30,080)$89,678
April QuarterlyApril 15, 2014$89,678$97,467$(76,494)$110,652
Running totals
$284,930$(240,225.67)

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 $731,601 and spent $684,275.[47] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[48]

Cost per vote

Miller spent $7.36 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 of Representatives in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Miller's campaign committee raised a total of $567,898 and spent $556,853.[49]


U.S. House, Florida District 1, 2010 - Jeff Miller (Florida) Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $567,898
Total Spent $556,853
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $11,179
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $11,178
Top contributors to Jeff Miller (Florida)'s campaign committee
Indyne Inc$21,800
BAE Systems$12,000
European Aeronautic Defence & Space$10,000
General Atomics$10,000
General Dynamics$10,000
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Health Professionals$52,300
Defense Aerospace$44,500
Defense Electronics$43,900
Computers/Internet$34,250
Misc Defense29,550

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-right Republican," as of June 10, 2013.[50]

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.[51]

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 307 of 8,262 roll call votes from Oct 2001 to Mar 2013. This amounts to 3.7%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[52]

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 $803,762 in 2011. He ranks 52nd on the list of the lowest paid Republican representative staff salaries and ranks 59th overall of the lowest paid representative staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Florida ranks 36th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[53]

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 $557,009 and $1,624,997. That averages to $1,345,245, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2012 of $6,956,438.47. Miller ranked as the 201st most wealthy representative in 2012.[54]

Jeff Miller Yearly Net Worth
YearAvg. Net Worth% Difference from previous year
2012$1,091,003.00105.27%
2011$531,502.00137.81%
2010$223,501.50N/A

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 in the previous year.

2012

Miller ranked 46th in the conservative rankings in 2012.[55]

2011

Miller ranked 1st in the conservative rankings.[56]

Voting with party

2013

Jeff Miller voted with the Republican Party 98.1% of the time, which ranked 65th among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.[57]

Personal

Miller is married to the former Vicki Griswold. They are both active members of Chumuckla Community Church. They have two children and three grandchildren.[6]

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See also

External links


References

  1. 1.0 1.1 U.S. House: Jeff Miller "Biography: Profile" accessed June 10, 2013
  2. Americans for Tax Reform "113th Congress" accessed June 11, 2013
  3. NNDB:Tracking the Entire World "Jeff Miller" accessed October 15, 2011
  4. Florida House of Representatives "Representative Jefferson B. "Jeff" Miller" accessed October 15, 2011
  5. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  6. 6.0 6.1 U.S. Congressman Jeff Miller, Florida's 1st District "Biography" accessed October 15, 2011
  7. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  8. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  9. 9.0 9.1 NWF Daily News, "Miller, Southerland voice their opinions on Syria," accessed September 9, 2013
  10. Project Votesmart, "HR 2217 - Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014 - Key Vote," accessed September 18, 2013
  11. Project Votesmart, "Amendment - Amendment Rejected (House) (176-239) - May 22, 2013(Key vote)," accessed September 18, 2013
  12. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  13. Project Votesmart, "HR 624 - CISPA (2013) - Key Vote," accessed September 18, 2013
  14. Project Votesmart, "Jeff Miller - Key Votes," accessed September 18, 2013
  15. Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
  16. Politico, "House clears farm bill," accessed February 12, 2014
  17. 17.0 17.1 NY Times, "Senate Passes Long-Stalled Farm Bill, With Clear Winners and Losers," accessed February 12, 2014
  18. 18.0 18.1 CNN.com, "House passes compromise $1.1 trillion budget for 2014," accessed January 20, 2014
  19. 19.0 19.1 U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 21," accessed January 20, 2014
  20. Roll Call, "House passes $1.1 trillion omnibus," accessed January 20, 2014
  21. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  22. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  23. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  24. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  25. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  26. Project Votesmart, "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Key Vote," accessed September 18, 2013
  27. Project Votesmart, "H Amdt 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - Key Vote," accessed September 18, 2013
  28. Project Votesmart, "HR 2009 - Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act of 2013 - Key Vote," accessed September 18, 2013
  29. Project Votesmart, "H Amdt 413 - Prohibits the National Security Agency from Collecting Records Under the Patriot Act - Key Vote," accessed September 18, 2013
  30. BuzzFeed, "GOP Congressman: Climate Change From God, Not Man," August 14, 2013
  31. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  32. The Hill, "2012 GOP Lawmaker Endorsements for President," retrieved November 23, 2011
  33. Campaign website, "Issues," accessed August 10, 2012
  34. ABC News, "2012 General Election Results," November 6, 2012
  35. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  36. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  37. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  38. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  39. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
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  41. Open Secrets "Jeff Miller" accessed April 3, 2013
  42. Federal Election Commission "Jeff Miller Summary reports," accessed July 18, 2013
  43. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly" accessed July 18, 2013
  44. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly" accessed July 18, 2013
  45. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 23, 2013
  46. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed February 3, 2014
  47. Open Secrets "Jeff Miller 2012 Election Cycle," accessed February 13, 2013
  48. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
  49. Open Secrets "Jeff Miller 2010 Election Cycle," accessed November 8, 2011
  50. Gov Track "Miller" accessed June 10, 2012
  51. OpenCongress, "Rep. Jeff Miller," accessed July 31, 2013
  52. GovTrack, "Jeff Miller," accessed March 29, 2013
  53. LegiStorm "Jeff Miller"
  54. OpenSecrets.org, "Miller, (R-Fl), 2012"
  55. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 27, 2013
  56. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  57. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
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U.S. House of Representatives - Florida, District 1
2001–present
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