Paula Miller

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Paula Miller
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Virginia House of Delegates District 87
Former member
In office
January 3, 2005 - 2012
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 3, 2009
First electedJanuary 2005
Term limitsN/A
Date of birth08/01/1959
Place of birthBatavia, NY
ProfessionPublic information officer
ReligionRoman Catholic
Office website
Personal website
Paula Miller is a former Democratic member of the Virginia House of Delegates, representing District 87 from January 3, 2005 to 2012.

She has worked as a Public Information Officer for the Virginia Beach Sheriff's Office.[1]

Committee assignments

2010- 2012 committees:

  • HB 1881 Absentee voting; ballot may be sent electronically, if voter requests so, if located outside State.
  • HB 1987 Driver's license; suspension for failure to pay jail fees related to prisoner's keep.
  • HB 1988 Elections; removes curbside voting for persons age 65 and older, are entitled to vote absentee. [2]



See also: Virginia lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2013

Miller is considered a potential Democratic candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Virginia in 2013. Incumbent Lt. Gov Bill Bolling (R) is not running for re-election, opening the seat.[3]

The Democratic primary election will take place on June 11, 2013, followed by the general election on November 5, 2013.

Race background

Incumbent Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling (R) did not seek re-election in 2013. Nine candidates filed to fill the imminently-open executive seat, including two Democrats and seven Republicans. State Sen. Ralph Northam defeated Aneesh Chopra for the Democratic Party's nomination for lieutenant governor in the June 11 primary election.[4] Northam's general election opponent was Republican E.W. Jackson. Jackson was nominated by delegates of the Virginia Republican Party at the party-funded statewide primary convention on May 17-18.[5] Northam and Jackson faced off in the Nov. 5, 2013 general election, and Northam won by a margin of over 10 percentage points.[6]

When Virginia voters elected Democrat L. Douglas Wilder, the grandson of slaves, as its 66th Governor in 1989, it was the first time an African-American was elected to the office in the nation's history.[7] Given the state's heritage of trailblazing, it is notable that until Jackson's convention victory, Virginia Republicans had not nominated an African-American for any statewide office since backing Maurice Dawkins' a quarter of a century ago.[8]

A minister at a non-denominational church and relatively new member of the Republican Party, Jackson edged out six primary opponents by emphasizing his commitment to hallmark conservative issues such as smaller government, gun rights and traditional family values. He appealed to the delegation with the promise, "We will not only win an election in November, we will open the hearts and minds of our people and save this commonwealth and save this country."[9]

Regardless of his post-convention promise, Jackson was an unwelcome choice for the state's Republican establishment from the start, thanks to his refusal to divert from, or soften the rhetoric of, his "liberty agenda." The agenda contained the issues mentioned above, none of which were earth-shattering stances for a conservative; Jackson was anti-Obamacare, pro-Second Amendment and anti-federal overreach. His approach to delivering these messages, however, rose more concerns - as well as eyebrows - from the party than was originally anticipated. In August, Jackson referred to the Democratic Party as the "anti-God party" because of its supportive position on same-sex marriage and abortion, cementing his reputation for being impermeable to warnings about how his often inflammatory rhetoric might alienate swing voters or more moderate Republican voters heading into the general election. Then on Sept. 4, The Washington Post reported that his independent streak also extended to his behind the scenes campaign style. After securing the nomination in May, Jackson had not taken advantage of the Virginia Republican Party's massive pool of campaign resources. He declined offers to utilize the party's voter databases and related logistical tools in addition to field office venues across the state- a "virtually unheard-of forfeiture of resources for a statewide candidate."[10]

On the Democratic end, Northam, a pediatric neurologist who was first elected to the state legislature's upper chamber in 2008, wanted to win the lt. governor's office in order to restore Democratic control over the state senate. His campaign focused on improving education and creating jobs in energy efficiency, in addition to reversing the direction the Republican leadership had taken the state on women's health issues. "Their crusades to shut down reproductive health centers and to mandate costly and invasive medical procedures for women seeking abortions have embarrassed the Commonwealth, and have inserted government between doctors and their patients."[11][12]

The final campaign finance reporting cycle prior to the general election showed Northam maintaining an ample fundraising lead over Jackson, adding to the consistent edge he had shown in the polls. Jackson's remarkable refusal to accept assistance from the Republican Party had no doubt hindered him from overtaking Northam in money and/or voter support. His proven difficulties adhering to the state board of elections' filing protocols, having twice needed to amend his documentation of loans or donations, likewise boded unfavorably for the GOP nominee heading into the home stretch of what was an ultimately unsuccessful campaign.[13][14]


See also: Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2011

Miller did not seek re-election in 2011. Her residency was changed from district 87 to district 100 after the 2011 redistricting process.


See also: Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2009

In 2009, Miller was re-elected to the Virginia House of Delegates. [15]

Virginia House of Delegates General Election, District 87 (2009)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Paula Miller (D) 6,693
John Amiral (R) 5,111

Delegate Miller speaking on property tax relief

Campaign donors


The top 5 donors to Miller's 2009 campaign:[16]

Contributor 2009 total
Virginia House Democratic Caucus $69,579
Democratic Party of Virginia $30,375
Paula J. Miller $3,235
Norfolk City Democratic committee $3,000
Dominion $2,500

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Political offices
Preceded by
Virginia House of Delegates District 87
Succeeded by
David Ramadan