- George Miller (politician)
January 14, 1975
Jerome R. Waldie
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spouse=Cynthia Caccavo Miller
San Francisco State University, University of California, Davis
George Miller III (born
May 17 1945) is an American politician who has been a Democratic member of the United States House of Representativessince 1975, representing ushr|California|7 ( [http://nationalatlas.gov/printable/images/preview/congdist/ca07_109.gifmap] ).
The son of State Senator George Miller, Jr., he was born in
Richmond, California. He was educated at San Francisco State Universityand the University of California, Davislaw school, after which he was admitted as an Attorneyand served as legislative assistant to California Senatemajority leader George Mosconebefore entering the House. Since 2007, Miller has served as chairman of the Education and Labor Committee, formerly known as the Education and the Workforce Committee.
In the House, Miller has been a member of the Natural Resources Committee; he was that Committee's chairman from 1991 to 1994. Miller has supported efforts to preserve public lands such as the 1994 California Desert Protection Act, which among other things created
Death Valley National Parkand Joshua Tree National Park. In addition, Miller was the chief sponsor of the Central Valley Project Improvement Act of 1992, which mandated that the federal government's Bureau of Reclamationmanage the Central Valley Projectin order to better protect the fish and wildlife populations of California's Bay-Delta region. [ [http://www.usbr.gov/mp/cvpia/index.html Reclamation MP Region CVPIA homepage ] ] Miller lost his chairmanship when Republicans won control of Congress in 1994. He stayed as the committee's Ranking Member until 2000, and remains on the committee. Miller is also a member of the Congressional Wildlife Refuge Caucus.
Education and labor issues
From 2001 to 2006, Miller was the ranking Democrat on the Education and the Workforce Committee. With that committee's chairman, and their Senate counterparts, Miller helped draft the
No Child Left Behindeducation law in 2001 and 2002. Miller has focused on pensionissues, reinstating Davis-Bacon Actwage protections for Gulf Coastworkers in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. In addition, Miller has worked on education issues such as protesting student aid cuts, [ [http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2005/11/27/MNGDSFTI2B1.DTL&feed=rss.news Groups gird to battle Congress' proposed student aid cuts ] ] , increasing No Child Left Behindfunding, and investigating the Bush administration's hiring of Armstrong Williamsto promote that law. Miller has also been a vocal advocate of labor and immigration reformin the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. [ [http://www.house.gov/georgemiller/marianas.html Information from Congressman George Miller on the Northern Marianas Islands ] ] . In 2007, as chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee, Miller sponsored the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2007, which was enacted into law as an amendment to another bill.
Port Chicago disaster
Miller has petitioned to clear the names of the sailors of the
World War II Port Chicago disasterin which more than 200 black men were court-martialed and 50 convicted of mutinyfor refusing to continue to load ammunition onto warships after a tremendous explosion killed hundreds. For the most part, Miller's efforts failed, and fewer than four of the sailors convicted of mutiny are still alive. However, in 1999, during a flurry of pardons signed as he left office, President Bill Clintonpardoned Freddie Meeks, one of the 50 "mutineers". [ [http://www.cccoe.k12.ca.us/pc/the_pardon.htm Port Chicago Disaster - The Pardon ] ] In addition, Miller wrote the legislation to designate the site of the event as a National Memorial. [ [http://www.house.gov/georgemiller/ptchicmain.html Congressman Miller's Port Chicago Page ] ] [ [http://www.cr.nps.gov/nr/travel/wwIIbayarea/por.htm Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial: World War II in the San Francisco Bay Area: A National Register of Historic Places Travel Itinerary ] ]
Miller recently went on a bipartisan trip to the
Sudaneseregion of Darfurwhere there is an ongoing genocide. He advocates for U.N. intervention into the situation. [ cite web|url=http://www.house.gov/georgemiller/sudanop-ed.html |title=In Darfur, Need to Act is Urgent |accessdate=2007-01-29 |last=Miller |first=George ]
Miller is a supporter of
Indian gaming. In 2000, as ranking member of the House Resource Committee, Miller inserted an amendment to the Omnibus Indian Advancement Act that took an existing cardroom into federal trust for the Lytton Band of Pomo Indians. The amendment made the land acquisition retroactive to 1987, stating that " [s] uch land shall be deemed to have been held in trust and part of the reservation of the Rancheria prior to October 17, 1988." [http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=106_cong_public_laws&docid=f:publ568.106] . This allowed the Lyttons to open a casino at the cardroom under the terms of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Actof 1988. Some members of Congress and the gambling industry have called the amendment "underhanded," while other politicians have called the maneuver nothing out of the ordinary [https://san.secure.newtimes.com/issues/2001-06-06/news/feature_5.html] .
2008 presidential election
Miller is a
superdelegatein the Democratic Party's 2008 presidential primary. He has pledged support for Barack Obama, despite the fact that his district voted for Hillary Clinton. Miller cited Obama's grassrootsfundraising campaign, first-place win the Iowa caucusand strong showing in the New Hampshire primary, leadership style and opposition to the Iraq Waras reasons for his endorsement. The endorsement was first reported in the "Contra Costa Times" on January 9, 2007. [ [http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_7924179?source=most_emailed&nclick_check=1 George Miller endorses Obama - ContraCostaTimes.com ] ]
*Education and Labor Committee (Chairman)
*Natural Resources Committee
**Subcommittee on Water and Power
*Chairman, House Democratic Policy Committee
* [http://www.house.gov/georgemiller/ U.S. Representative George Miller] official House site
* [http://www.georgemillerforcongress.com/ George Miller for Congress] official campaign site
* [http://herndon1.sdrdc.com/cgi-bin/can_detail/H6CA07043 Federal Election Commission — George Miller] campaign finance reports and data
* [http://www.ontheissues.org/CA/George_Miller.htm On the Issues — George Miller] issue positions and quotes
* [http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.asp?CID=N00007390 OpenSecrets.org — George Miller] campaign contributions
* [http://www.vote-smart.org/bio.php?can_id=H0230103 Project Vote Smart — Representative George Miller (CA)] profile
* [http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=George_Miller SourceWatch Congresspedia — George Miller] profile
* [http://projects.washingtonpost.com/congress/members/m000725/ Washington Post — Congress Votes Database: George Miller] voting record
* [http://www.thenation.com/doc/20060206/miller Employee Free Choice] George Miller, "
The Nation", January 19, 2006
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