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Thomas John Miller
Tom Miller.jpg
Attorney General of Iowa
In office
Term ends
Years in position 36
President of the National Association of Attorneys General
Base salary$123,669
Elections and appointments
Last election2010
First elected1978
Term limitsN/A
High schoolWalert High School (1962)
Bachelor'sLoras College (1966)
J.D.Harvard Law School (1969)
Date of birthAugust 11, 1944
Place of birthDubuque, Iowa
Office website
Thomas John Miller (born August 11, 1944, in Dubuque, Iowa) is the current Democratic Attorney General of Iowa and President of the National Association of Attorneys General. Miller was first elected to the statewide position in 1978.


Miller was born and raised in Dubuque, Iowa, where his father served as county assessor. He graduated from Wahlert High School in 1962 and Loras College in 1966, and he received his law degree from Harvard Law School in 1969. Following in his father's example, Miller decided to move to Baltimore, Maryland after law school to spend two years working as a volunteer for VISTA, a cadaveric surgical training facility.

While in Maryland, Miller took a job as legislative assistant to U.S. Representative John C. Culver, taught law part-time at the Maryland School of Law, and he eventually became Baltimore Legal Aid Bureau as legal education director.[1]

He moved back to Iowa in 1973 and opened up a private practice. Prior to beginning his political career as a candidate for Attorney General in 1974, Miller was city attorney of McGregor and Marquette, Iowa.[1] He returned to private practice upon the expiration of his third term as Iowa Attorney General, working as a Partner/Attorney, Faegre & Benson Law Firm from 1991-1994.[2]


  • Wahlert High School (1962)
  • Bachelor's degree, Loras College (1966)
  • Juris Doctorate degree, Harvard Law School (1969)

Political career

Miller is currently the President of the National Association of Attorneys General.

He first ran, unsuccessfully, for Attorney General in 1974, but prevailed in 1978. He remained in the position for 12 years. Miller returned to politics in 1990 with a gubernatorial bid, but did not receive the Democratic nomination. He was elected to a fourth term as Iowa Attorney General in 1994, and won re-election to the office again in 1998, 2002, 2006, and 2010.

He and Iowa State Treasurer Michael Fitzgerald were one of the first state officials in the country to back United States Senator Barack Obama for President on February 11, 2007. [3]


Mortgage Crisis

Miller led the roughly three year-long multi-state negotiations in the effort to settle with several U.S. banks over alleged abuses and faulty documentation used in the wrongful seizure of homes since the crisis began in 2008. The deal, which 49 states ultimately agreed upon in February, 2012 (Oklahoma's Scott Pruitt made an independent deal for his state), is expected to yield up to $40 billion in relief to struggling homeowners, and an estimated "1 million U.S. homeowners who are "underwater" on their mortgages -- with principal exceeding the home's value -- will be eligible for as much as $20,000 in relief of principal owed." [4]

Attorneys General from around the country collaborated on the deal to provide immediate assistance to their states' constituents, with notable exceptions, including California's Kamala D. Harris (D), New York's Eric Schneiderman (D), and Delaware's Beau Biden (D) who reentered the fray at the last minute on the knowledge that the banks would be reluctant to agree to any deal that does not include immunity from mortgage servicing claims from California's and New York's attorneys general.[4]

See also: February 15, 2012 Ballotpedia News Article about foreclosure settlement



See also: Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now

Miller was one of six state attorneys general, all of whom belonged to the Democratic Party, who received the highest rating, a letter grade of A+, from the June 2008 Survey and Scorecard report published by the embattled liberal political organization, ACORN. The report was published in an effort to shine the spotlight on state attorneys general "leading the fight to protect homeowners from joining the flood of Americans losing their homes to foreclosure," according to the group. [5]

Foreclosure investigation

According to the National Institute on Money in State Politics, Miller accepted significant contributions to his 2010 re-election campaign from out-of-state lawyers after launching an investigation of the foreclosure practices of prominent banks. Without making any specific allegations, NIMISP suggested the timing and scale of Miller's contributions from out-of-state and legal sources was related to his investigation.

NIMISP's noted that Miller's 2010 contributions from out-of-state sources and from lawyers and lobbyists in general exceeded what he had previously brought in from those demographics by many times. Though Miller raised twice as much in 2010 as he had in his 2006 and 2002 campaigns combined, he raised more than ten times as much from lawyers and lobbyists in the finance, insurance and real estate sectors. In particular, $170,300 -- over 20 percent of Miller's total contributions -- came between September 30 and election day, after Miller announced the beginning of his investigation on October 13. Though it is not unusual for a large proportion of candidates' contributions to come in the last month before an election, the NIMISP report argued that the huge discrepancy between Miller's out-of-state contributions from lawyers and lobbyists in 2010 and in previous campaigns suggested a link with his investigation.[6]



  • 1998 Race for Attorney General - Democratic Primary
    • Tom Miller ran unopposed in this contest
1998 Race for Attorney General - General Election [7]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Democratic Party Approveda Tom Miller 65.4%
     Republican Party Mark Schwickerath 32.4%
     Natural Law Nancy L. Watkins 2.2%
Total Votes 922,155


  • 2002 Race for Attorney General - Democratic Primary
    • Tom Miller ran unopposed in this contest
2002 Race for Attorney General - General Election [8]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Democratic Party Approveda Tom Miller 61.6%
     Republican Party Dave Millage 36.7%
     Libertarian Party Edward F. Noyes 1.7%
Total Votes 993,254


  • 2006 Race for Attorney General - Democratic Primary and General Election
    • Tom Miller ran unopposed in both contests


See also: Iowa Attorney General election, 2010
  • 2010 Race for Attorney General - Democratic Primary
  • Tom Miller ran unopposed in this contest
2010 Race for Attorney General - General Election [9]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Democratic Party Approveda Tom Miller 55.5%
     Republican Party Brenna Findley 44.4%
     Write-In 0.1%
Total Votes 1,094,633

Campaign donors

Ballotpedia collects information on campaign donors for each year in which a candidate or incumbent is running for election. The following table offers a breakdown of Tom Miller's donors each year.[10] Click [show] for more information.


Miller resides in McGregor, Iowa. He has a son named Matt.

Contact Information


Capitol Address:
Iowa Attorney General
1305 East Walnut Street
Des Moines, IA 50319

Phone: (515) 281-5164
Fax: (515) 281-4209
E-mail: webteam@ag.state.ia.us

See also

External links


Political offices
Preceded by
Richard C. Turner
Iowa Attorney General
Succeeded by
Bonnie Campbell
Preceded by
Bonnie Campbell
Iowa Attorney General
Succeeded by