House links: Brad Miller (D-NC-13)i
Ralph Bradley “Brad” Miller
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For Brad Miller, North Carolina values are the values he learned from his church, from North Carolina public schools, and at his mother’s knee.
Brad’s father grew up on a farm outside of Spring Lake, North Carolina, one of eleven children. His mother grew up at the Baptist Orphanage in Thomasville, North Carolina. Brad’s father and mother were both children of the Depression, both were valedictorians of their high school classes, and both began college but could not afford to complete their degrees.
Brad’s parents met and married in Fayetteville, North Carolina, where Brad was born in 1953. Brad’s father was a neighborhood branch manager of the post office, and his mother was a bookkeeper. His father died in 1965, when Brad was 12.
With support from his mother and student loans, Brad was able to earn the education that his parents could not afford for themselves. After completing public school in Fayetteville, Brad earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a master’s degree from the London School of Economics, and a law degree from Columbia University. He served as law clerk to Judge J. Dickson Phillips, Jr. of the United States Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals for one year following his graduation from law school, and practiced law in Raleigh for more than twenty years before his election to Congress.
A Call to Public Service
Brad’s parents instilled an early interest in public service. At age 11, Brad passed out literature at a polling place for a family friend from church who was running for local office. That night Brad’s father took him to the Cumberland County Courthouse to watch election returns tallied.
Brad was elected the Chair of the Wake Democratic Party in 1985, when he was 31.
In 1992, Brad was elected to the North Carolina House of Representatives, where he served two years. He was elected to the North Carolina Senate in 1996, where he served six years. As a member of the state legislature, Brad wrote North Carolina’s safe gun storage law, which dramatically curbed juvenile gun deaths. He also introduced legislation to expand North Carolina’s domestic violence law; to reduce air pollution from cars and trucks; to limit the influence of political patronage in state government hiring; and to protect consumers from dishonest automobile mechanics.
The Raleigh News and Observer called Brad “a workhorse for public education and a conscientious voice for integrity in government” as a North Carolina legislator.
Brad Miller’s Work in Congress
Brad Miller is serving his fifth term from North Carolina’s thirteenth Congressional District.
Elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in November of 2002, Rep. Miller currently serves on three subcommittees on the House Financial Services Committee – Capital Markets and Government Sponsored Enterprises (GSE); Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit Subcommittee; and Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee.
Miller also serves as Ranking Member of the Energy and Environment Subcommittee and is a member of the Investigations and Oversight Subcommittee on the House Committee on Science, Space, & Technology.
Miller has received national recognition as a strong and consistent advocate for working families in his push for stronger consumer protection laws. Miller spearheaded the effort in the House to pass a national Anti-Predatory Lending law and a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau bill that were included in the Wall Street Reform Act signed by the President. He has also written a Bankruptcy bill to try to help save family homes.
In his role on the House Science and Technology Committee, Miller wrote and introduced, along with Rep. John Dingell, the Janey Ensminger Act, HR 1742. The bill helps to provide health care to more than a million Marines and their families who suffered adverse health effects after exposure to toxic water at the Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. The bill is named after Janey Ensminger, the 9-year old daughter of former Marine Jerry Ensminger,who died of a rare leukemia.
In his role as Ranking Member on the Energy and Environment Subcommittee, Miller will continue his push for innovation and research into alternative energy sources and energy efficient technologies that will define the world’s economy for the next generation and beyond.
Biography of Brad Miller from Brad Miller for United States Congress
Brad Miller was born in Fayetteville, North Carolina in 1953. He attended public schools and graduated from Terry Sanford Senior High School in 1971. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a master’s degree from the London School of Economics, and a law degree from Columbia University. He served as law clerk to Judge J. Dickson Phillips, Jr. of the United States Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals for one year following his graduation from law school.
Brad practiced law in Raleigh from 1980 until his election to Congress.
In 1992, Brad was elected to the North Carolina House of Representatives, where he served two years. As a member of the House, he wrote North Carolina’s safe gun storage law. In 1993, the year the law was enacted, there were 74 juvenile gun deaths in North Carolina. In 2002, there were 32 juvenile gun deaths in North Carolina.
Brad was elected to the North Carolina Senate in 1996, where he served six years. As a member of the North Carolina Senate, Brad introduced legislation to expand North Carolina’s domestic violence law; to reduce air pollution from cars and trucks; to freeze new or expanded hog lagoons; to limit the influence of political patronage in state government hiring; and to protect consumers from dishonest automobile mechanics by prohibiting garages from charging for work not authorized by the consumer. As a Judiciary Committee chairman, Brad helped guide into law legislation to address “Driving While Black,” or racial profiling.
In 2002, Brad was elected to Congress to represent a new district gained by North Carolina after the 2000 Census. As a member of the Financial Services Committee, Brad has quickly become a leader in protecting vulnerable consumers from unconscionable practices by the financial services industry. He is lead sponsor of legislation to protect consumers from predatory mortgage lending practices, legislation supported by a broad coalition of consumer and civil rights organizations.
Brad has been a leader for working Americans caught in a painful economic transition. Brad founded the Community College Caucus in the House to rally support for the important role of community colleges in adult education and job training.
As a member of the Science Committee, Brad has been a leader in supporting basic research. He is the lead sponsor of legislation to help research universities obtain patents and prepare business plans for commercial uses for the product of their research.