Candice Miller

Candice Miller

MICHIGAN's 10th DISTRICT

Selfridge A-10's Outlook Cloudy as Air Show Approaches

2014/08/22

Harrison Township— As personnel at Selfridge Air National Guard Base prepare to host tens of thousands of visitors during next month’s annual air show, the future of one of the facility’s staple aircraft remains in doubt. While Congress decided this spring against an Air Force plan to retire the A-10 fighter jet — including 18 in service at Selfridge — the “Warthog” isn’t entirely safe from the budget ax, lawmakers and military experts say. The Thunderbolt II aircraft supports 800 jobs at the Macomb County base and are part of a fleet of 283 A-10s nationwide. Retiring the 1970s-era fighters would save an estimated $4.2 billion over five years. Roman Schweizer, a defense policy analyst and director of Guggenheim Securities, said the A-10 is a useful aircraft but could be vulnerable because it is good at one thing: attacking targets on the ground. Schweizer said multipurpose aircraft are in greater demand, putting the A-10 at more risk of retirement. “They have to make cuts somewhere,” he said. He added that if the A-10 remains, the Air Force will make reductions elsewhere, which may mean retiring other aircraft. U.S. Rep. Candice Miller, R-Harrison Township, helped stave off the fleet’s retirement this year and vowed in a statement Thursday to keep working to maintain the A-10 in service. “It has proven to been ideally suited to its mission, and until the Air Force has an adequate replacement, I will continue to fight to keep them operational, especially those in the 127th Wing at Selfridge,” she said. Selfridge is a major economic contributor to Macomb County and the state, employing more than 5,000 civilian and military personnel and accounting for $100 million in annual spending, Miller said. The base is home to 44 federal agencies, including units with the armed forces and Customs and Border Protection. Job cuts and mission changes have loomed over Selfridge before. The base almost lost 700 jobs in 2012 as part of an Obama administration proposal to shore up the federal budget. A $631 billion defense bill passed by Congress spared the base. And in 2005, Selfridge lost 300 jobs when the federal Base Closure and Realignment Commission shut down the Army garrison at the base. Besides the A-10s, Selfridge also flies the KC-135 Stratotanker, a jet that enables the military to refuel the A-10s and other aircraft in midair. Eight Stratotankers based at Selfridge. Thursday, Selfridge personnel showed off both aircraft’s capabilities during a demonstration flight for media members near Grayling, home to the the largest National Guard training facility in the country. Maj. Bethany Torma and 1st Lt. Amy Padesky flew the Stratotanker while boom operator Master Sgt. John Karns was in the rear of the aircraft, lying prone. It was a delicate dance between Karns and the pilot of the A-10 as Karns maneuvered the boom, a long, extendable metal arm that connected to the aircraft for refueling. Selfridge officials expect 50,000 to 75,000 people per day at the base’s open house Sept. 6-7. “The presence of the Blue Angels team from the Navy will likely push that number toward the higher end,” said Technical Sgt. Dan Heaton. “That typically happens when either the Blue Angels or USAF Thunderbirds appear at the Open House.” Heaton said the last open house at Selfridge was in 2011. This year a Macomb County native and Iraq war veteran will lead the team of precision pilots. Commander Tom Frosch, who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, is a 1998 graduate of Fraser High School. “It is a great opportunity for everyone to ... meet the brave men and women who serve there,” Miller said. Selfridge Open House & Air Show ■Sept. 6-7 at the Selfridge Air National Guard Base on Jefferson and Hall Road in Harrison Township.  ■Gates open at 8 a.m. and flying begins around 11 a.m.  ■Admission and parking is free  ■The Navy’s Blue Angels and a display of American military capabilities are highlights of the show, held every other year.  ■More info at www.selfridgeopenhouse.com Bloomberg News contributed. ### Read More

Judge Don G. Miller Joins Other Retired F-100 Sabre Fighter Pilots at Smithsonian Event Celebrating Museum’s F-100 Exhibit

2014/08/19

    Judge Don Miller in front of his F-100 (440) in 1978 before flying to Andrews Air Force Base.     Judge Miller with 440 at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum  Harrison Township, MI – Today, U.S. Representative Candice Miller (MI-10) issued the following statement after her husband, former F-100 fighter pilot Judge Don G. Miller, and other members of the Super Sabre Society celebrated the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s F-100 exhibit featuring the F-100 flown by Miller: Rep. Candice Miller: “Don is a proud member of the Super Sabre Society, an elite organization of retired F-100 fighter pilots that bravely protected our troops and this country during wartime. I join him in celebrating this exhibit of the F-100, and I support the Society’s efforts to preserve and tell the awesome history of the F-100.” At the Smithsonian event celebrating the F-100, Judge Don Miller read the following excerpt from his journal about his last flight on his F-100 (number 440) from Michigan to Andrews Air Force Base: In the morning of August 8, 1978, a beautiful late summer day, I walked out on the flight line and shook hands with Sgt. Bill Cousins, 440’s crew chief for the previous seven years.  I did the walk around, checked the 781, climbed up and strapped in (with Bill’s sad assistance) and prepared for start. Sadly, 440’s flying days are soon to end.  There will be no more of these heart-gripping combat take offs, climbing for altitude under the weight of wall-to-wall Mk. 82s, the pilot’s left hand gripping the throttle on the afterburner position, right hand holding a control stick with a firm and steady grip, ailerons centered to retain every ounce of precious lift while coaxing more airspeed, knot by knot, and more altitude, foot by foot. No more dashes at tree-top level, spreading a carpet of 20 millimeter cannon fire into the target; shuddering and bouncing as the snake eyes were released, followed by high-g wrenching, twisting and jinking to escape the shower of enemy fire. No more, for this was to be the final flight; now was the time for retirement. 440, if you could only talk, would you object, arguing that you still had plenty of fight left, that you could show those shiny F-15s with their computers and heads-up displays, a few tricks of the trade gathered through hundreds of hours of air battle?  Or would you sigh contentedly, quietly proud of a job well done and relieved of all the pain and weariness of combat? No more daydreaming it’s time to go. Bill takes his place awaiting my starting signal. The creaky old ARC-34 Radio slowly seeks the proper channel, finally clicks into Ground Control frequency, and I turn to Bill and signal for the start.  I press the ignition button and the big Pratt & Whitney J-57 engine lights up. As it reaches idling speed, all of the mechanical hearts inside 440 start pumping the red, amber, and brown life fluids through the stainless steel veins. The bird awakes now as the inboard landing gear doors thump close.  I advance the power slightly to bring the AC power on line, and without hesitation, the AC Power Fail light blinks off. No waiting! Somewhat amazing. I am now ready to taxi and Bill gives me the go-ahead wave.  I advance the throttle and 440 rolls slowly ahead. Turning quickly to avoid blasting people and equipment with jet exhaust, I taxi away, slowly as always, savoring the joy and satisfaction in the anticipation of what’s ahead. As I approach the runway, I inform Selfridge Tower that I am ready for take-off, and am answered with those words that make a fighter pilot grin with happiness: “Demon seven one, wind 330 at 12, change to departure, monitor guard, cleared for take-off.” I checked the gauges as I advance the throttle and release the brakes.  I tense up in anticipation as I snap the throttle outboard, promptly rewarded as the afterburner lights up, blasting 440 forward with over sixteen thousand pounds of thrust. 440 was accelerating rapidly now, pushed by the continued force of seven gallons of JP4 burning every second. As the airspeed indicator advances past 157 knots, I ease back on the stick, lifting the nosewheel off the runway.  Once again the invisible miracle occurs as the swept wings develop over 36,000 pounds of lift and 440 rises into the air. With the landing gear tucked inside, we soon attain 230 knots, enough to point the nose joyfully skyward and the ground falls away rapidly. I roll 440 into a bank and we turn east to our departure heading. Wait a second! East? Why are we heading east when Davis-Monthan AFB is southwestern? No, 440, you will not share a fate of dismemberment and scrap pile with your less fortunate comrades.  You are a special airplane. In less than an hour we will touch down at Andrews AFB, Maryland, and you will be handed over to the people of DC’s 113th Tactical Fighter Squadron, to begin the process of readying you for your new job on permanent display at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum. You are to be an honorable monument to Vietnam era warbirds, so that the old will remember and the young will realize the role played by the crews that maintained you and the pilots that flew you. Now it’s time to start down. Approach control clears us for our descent, and I somehow sense a need to accelerate out of cruise airspeed. The rapid acceleration required a high g roll to maintain control of the airspeed. I had to bellow a Ya Hoo – 440 did not go away without a final victory roll! I pull back the throttle, extend the speed brakes, and head for the pattern entry point. Cleared to land, I bend 440 around to final approach as precise as possible; I don’t want to mar her last flight with a bounce.  We cross the threshold at 172 knots; I ease the throttle back and the nose up as we round out for the touchdown. Now just a taste of additional back stick and 440 pauses momentarily, inches above the runway, then settles smoothly onto the concrete. I feel a grateful glow of satisfaction as I pull the T-handle deploying the drag chute; the chute bursts into an orange nylon blossom, and 440 slows to taxi speed. I jettison the chute and taxi into a parking space ringed by clicking cameras.  Upon signal of all of the ground crew, I tug the throttle into the off position and the fire in the mighty engine dies. 440, your new job starts almost as soon as the engine winds down! A group of admirers rings around you, and a couple of Air Force Colonels come forward to pat a drop tank, all smiles as they momentarily recall their happy F-100 flying days.  Those who could master you, loved you; those who couldn’t, hated and feared you.  There was no middle ground with an F-100! About Judge Don Miller: Born in Grand Rapids, Michigan on June 17, 1938, Judge Miller developed an early fascination with airplanes and was flying a Piper J-3 Cub at age 16. He attended Michigan State University, enrolled in the Air Force ROTC, and graduated in 1961 with a Bachelor of Science degree in physics and a commission as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force. After completing undergraduate pilot training at Craig Air Force Base, Alabama, he entered fighter interceptor school and then served five years flying the Convair F-102 Delta Dagger from various national and international locations, including assignment to the 509th Fighter Interceptor Squadron, where he flew combat missions from Da Nang and Tan Son Nhut Air Bases, Vietnam. After serving in active duty, Judge Miller served twenty years in the Michigan Air National Guard flying various fighter aircraft, including over 700 hours in the North American F-100 Super Sabre. On August 8, 1978, Judge Miller flew his F-100, number 440, on its final voyage to Andrews Air Force Base, where it was retired and is now on display at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA. Upon retirement as a Colonel in the Air National Guard, Judge Miller was selected to perform duties as a Judge in the Macomb County Circuit Court. Judge Miller continues his love for aviation by flying his home-built, single-engine RV-8 airplane throughout the USA. ### Read More

Rep. Miller: New Patrol Boats Needed to Help Macomb County Sheriff’s Marine Division

2014/08/19

(Click here to watch her remarks at the Macomb County Sheriff’s press event) Harrison Township, MI – Today, U.S. Representative Candice Miller (MI-10), Vice Chair of the House Homeland Security Committee and Chairman of the Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security, issued the following statement on the Macomb County Sheriff Marine Division’s new patrol boats acquired with her help through FEMA’s Port Security Grant program:  “Our Lake St. Clair shoreline is one of the great jewels of Macomb County that makes this community a special place. This body of water constitutes the busiest recreational waterways in the nation with countless boaters enjoying everything it has to offer.  It also constitutes one of the busiest commercial waterways in America, in addition to being an international border. “All of this means that the Macomb County Sheriff has a solemn duty to enforce the law on our waters, provide search and rescue for those in distress, and support the critical mission of their state and federal partners. “The people and the leadership of Macomb County are fully supportive of the mission of the Sheriff’s Marine Division because they understand how important Lake St. Clair is to our very identity of our community, and they want to keep it safe. “The Coast Guard has the primary responsibility to protect our nation along our liquid borders, but they know in order to accomplish this important mission, they need the assistance of local law enforcement to serve as a force multiplier. “The federal money that was used to purchase these watercraft was allocated by Congress to fund vulnerabilities identified by the Coast Guard along our borders. The Port Security Grant Program supports core capabilities across the five mission areas of prevention, protection, mitigation, response, and recovery. “These watercraft will support not only the Macomb County Sheriff in their mission in these five areas, but also assist the Coast Guard in their vital responsibilities. “I want to thank the leadership of the Coast Guard and the Federal Emergency Management Agency in seeing the need to update the fleet used by the Macomb County Sheriff Marine Division in awarding this grant. I also want to thank Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel and the Macomb County Board of Commissioners for appropriating the 25% local match required for participation in this federal/local partnership. “The people of Macomb County, particularly those that enjoy these waters, can be assured in the knowledge that the delivery of these watercraft will make Lake St. Clair safer and more secure. So I urge everyone to take full advantage of the treasure that Lake St. Clair is for our great community.  This is Pure Michigan.” ### Read More

Miller Joins Governor Snyder at Tour of Selfridge Air National Guard Base

2014/08/18

Rep. Miller meets with Governor Snyder, General Vadnais, the Adjutant General of MI, and crew of the A-10 Harrison Township, MI – Today, U.S. Representative Candice Miller (MI-10), Vice Chair of the House Homeland Security Committee and Chairman of the Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security, issued the following statement after joining Michigan Governor Rick Snyder on a tour the Selfridge Air National Guard Base located in her Congressional District:   “I have been honored and immensely proud to represent the brave men and women who serve at Selfridge Air National Guard Base throughout my entire time in public service. "Truly one of a kind, Selfridge is model for cost effective and efficient delivery of national security missions. Over the past several years, we have ramped up the operations housed at Selfridge to include every branch of the U.S. military, as well as the Department of Homeland Security with the inclusion of Customs and Border Protection, Border Patrol, and the Coast Guard. This growth has allowed for strong interagency coordination and capability, making Selfridge a vital component to ensuring our national security. “Over the years, I have also fought multiple attempts by the Administration to eliminate the A-10 fleet, including those based out of Selfridge.  It may be old, but it has proven to been ideally suited to its mission, and until the Air Force has an adequate replacement, I will continue to fight to keep the fleet operational. “Today, I was pleased to join Governor Rick Snyder to tour the facilities at Selfridge and to discuss ways in which we can further leverage these facilities toward a bright future for the base and greater security for the people of Southeast Michigan. Selfridge is truly a model for cooperation between federal, state and local law enforcement and national security agencies. Given the strategic location of the base along our long liquid border with Canada and between the two busiest border crossings on our northern border, the Blue Water Bridge in Port Huron and the Ambassador Bridge in Detroit, the mission of these agencies is vital to not only our national security, but also our economic security.  “I thank the Governor for his commitment to the base and for providing the cooperative leadership we need to make certain it is used to its fullest possible potential. In a few weeks, Selfridge will host its open house and air show for the public. I invite everyone to come experience the show, see what a fantastic facility Selfridge is and meet the brave men and women who serve there. It is really the highlight of the summer and a must see.” ### Read More

The Americans with Charlie LeDuff: NAFTA

2014/08/18

The Americans with Charlie LeDuff: NAFTA [[{"fid":"301","view_mode":"full","fields":{"format":"full"},"type":"media","attributes":{"alt":"Happy 20th Anniversary, NAFTA!","height":"380","width":"640","class":"media-element file-full"}}]]   Michigan to Mexico -Immigration. Jobs. The latest report from Charlie LeDuff  and the Americans delves into the corrosive legacy of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).   NAFTA is 20 years old. Back then it promised us it would create jobs for all of us and stop the wave of illegal immigration from Mexico. So what happened to those jobs and why are the immigrants still coming? View the full article on www.myfoxdetroit.com.  Read More

House Republicans Have an Immigration Plan

2014/08/14

Detainees sleeping in a holding cell at U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing facility in Brownsville, Texas. (Eric Gay/AP)   Less than two weeks ago, the U.S. House approved legislation to address the wave of unchecked, illegal immigration at our southern border. This legislation, which I supported, authorizes the use of National Guard troops to assist in border enforcement, facilitates the repatriation of young people who cross the border illegally, and does so — in contrast to the $3.7 billion immigration spending spree proposed by President Barack Obama — without adding to the burden on U.S. taxpayers. The legislation also would restore the rule of law to our immigration policy, explicitly denying the president the authority to unilaterally grant amnesty to those in the U.S. illegally. Unfortunately, the common sense plan adopted by the House cannot become the law of the land until it is concurred in by the U.S. Senate. And a day before the House vote, the Senate — having failed to adopt a plan to address the border crisis — recessed for the rest of the summer. This turn of events would be dismaying were it not so utterly predictable. Consider the key elements of the House proposal: ■ It provides $694 million for additional border security and immigration enforcement. We simply cannot survive as a sovereign nation if we exercise little or no control over entry at our borders. Middle- and working-class Americans cannot survive and thrive in a labor marketplace skewed by unskilled, low-wage workers who are here illegally. And our taxpayers cannot bear the burden of providing services — education, health and welfare — to millions of illegals. Spending in the House proposal is offset in its entirety by reductions in foreign aid (an approach I suggested weeks ago to demonstrate to Central American countries turning a blind eye to immigration enforcement that they should not be rewarded for complicity in the exploitation of their own children). ■ The House bill also provides for an expedited process for the repatriation of unaccompanied children who cross into the United States illegally. Under the Obama administration’s current interpretation of a 2008 law targeting human traffickers, it can take years to determine if these children and adolescents are eligible for asylum. This approach has clearly failed to curb trafficking, and has been used as a way to avoid deportation by drug smugglers and gang members. The more humane way to address the needs of these children would be to facilitate immediate reunification with their families in their home countries. ■ Finally, the House legislation would restore Congress to its proper constitutional role as the branch of government responsible for establishing immigration law. But President Obama, having failed to convince Congress to reform the law in a manner to his liking, has asserted the authority to decide on his own which immigration statutes will be enforced. The House plan is the kind of immigration policy our citizens have long supported. The current border crisis has confirmed they were right. It’s time for the Senate to listen. U.S. Rep. Candice Miller, R-Harrison Township, represents Michigan’s 10th District. ### View the article at www.detroitnews.com    Read More

GOP Rep. Candice Miller: Massive Illegal Immigration Will Destroy US Middle Class

2014/08/14

On Wednesday, Rep. Candice Miller (R-MI) warned that if President Barack Obama grants temporary amnesty and work permits to millions of illegal immigrants, he will destroy America's middle class. In a Wednesday op-ed for the Detroit News, Miller wrote that "middle- and working-class Americans cannot survive and thrive in a labor marketplace skewed by unskilled, low-wage workers who are here illegally." "And our taxpayers cannot bear the burden of providing services – education, health and welfare – to millions of illegals," she continued. Lawmakers like Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) have emphasized that massive grants of amnesty only make it more difficult for American workers, especially those at the bottom of the economic ladder, to find jobs. Moreover, governors and local officials have complained that they do not have the resources to take care of the illegal immigrants that the federal government is dumping in their communities. The Congressional Budget Office last year concluded that the Senate's comprehensive amnesty bill would lower the wages of American workers for a decade. Before Congress went on recess, the House passed a border bill that would prevent President Barack Obama from using federal funds to implement future grants of temporary amnesty. Miller noted that the "House legislation would restore Congress to its proper constitutional role as the branch of government responsible for establishing immigration law." She also criticized Democrats who do not want to amend a 2008 law which prevents officials from immediately deporting illegal immigrants from countries other than Mexico and Canada. "Under the Obama administration’s current interpretation of a 2008 law targeting human traffickers, it can take years to determine if these children and adolescents are eligible for asylum. This approach has clearly failed to curb trafficking and has been used as a way to avoid deportation by drug smugglers and gang members," she wrote. "The more humane way to address the needs of these children would be to facilitate immediate reunification with their families in their home countries." Miller, who has suggested that America's foreign aid to Central American nations would be better spent in Detroit if those nations do nothing to deter migrants from going to America, also emphasized that the spending in the House bill for border security "is offset in its entirety by reductions in foreign aid (an approach I suggested weeks ago to demonstrate to Central American countries turning a blind eye to immigration enforcement that they should not be rewarded for complicity in the exploitation of their own children)." ### View the article at www.breitbart.com   (function(i,s,o,g,r,a,m){i['GoogleAnalyticsObject']=r;i[r]=i[r]||function(){ (i[r].q=i[r].q||[]).push(arguments)},i[r].l=1*new Date();a=s.createElement(o), m=s.getElementsByTagName(o)[0];a.async=1;a.src=g;m.parentNode.insertBefore(a,m) })(window,document,'script','//www.google-analytics.com/analytics.js','ga'); ga('create', 'UA-53860702-1', 'auto'); ga('send', 'pageview'); Read More

Recent Toxic Algae Bloom Reinforces Need to Improve Voluntary Farm Conservation Programs

2014/08/14

Rep. Candice Miller says her Great Lakes Assurance Program Verification legislation would help minimize agricultural pollution risks Harrison Township, mi – Today, U.S. Representative Candice Miller (MI-10) issued the following statement on her legislation, the Great Lakes Assurance Program Verification Act (H.R. 1647), which promotes a proactive program administered by the Great Lakes states that helps farms of all sizes and commodities voluntarily prevent or minimize agricultural pollution risks: “Michigan farmers have been leading the way to protect our Great Lakes from damage caused by algae blooms, which create harmful dead zones in our lakes. Through voluntary environmental assurance programs, Michigan has successfully assisted agriculture producers statewide to adopt better conservation practices.  However, that has not been the case across the Great Lakes region as was demonstrated by the recent toxic algae bloom on Lake Erie that forced officials to cut off drinking water to nearby communities. “In order to preserve the health of our agricultural and maritime resources, more must be done. That is why I introduced legislation last year that would build off the success of these voluntary assurance programs in Michigan and provide the federal government with an opportunity to promote these types of state programs regionally.  It would also provide resources to producers who voluntarily participate. “Our agriculture and maritime industries are essential to our local and national economy, and we must work to ensure that they continue to thrive for many generations to come.” About the Great Lakes Assurance Program Verification Act (H.R. 1647): The Great Lakes Assurance Program Verification Act would provide assistance for all the Great Lakes states that choose to administer state-developed voluntary assurance programs on farms and provide resources to aid participating agricultural producers.  Specifically, states would be able to apply for grants within the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Environmental Quality Incentives Program, an existing conservation program to help fund and administrate the program, as well as educate participants on the benefits of these types of assurance programs.  Producers who choose to participate would also benefit from a priority on federally-funded cost-share applications for conservation projects. Voluntary state developed assurance programs, such as Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP), have been widely successful at taking proactive steps to help adopt better conservation practices in farming, as well as reducing soil erosion and decreasing nutrient runoff.  Building upon programs like MAEAP provides an opportunity at the federal level to help promote these types of programs, not just in Michigan, but throughout the Great Lakes Basin. ###   Read More

Rep. Miller Visits Caro Library to Present Book Donation

2014/08/13

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Rep. Miller: Airstrikes Needed to Protect U.S. Personnel and Christian Refugees in Iraq

2014/08/08

Washington – Today, U.S. Representative Candice Miller (MI-10), Vice Chair of the House Homeland Security Committee and Chairman of the Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security, issued the following statement on the President’s announcement to provide humanitarian aid to Iraqi civilians, authorize targeted airstrikes against ISIS and provide military aid to Kurdish forces helping Christian refugees in Iraq: “Christian communities in Iraq are suffering a near genocide at the hands of the Islamic extremist group ISIS. Thousands unwilling to convert to Islam and pay religious taxes have been forced to flee their homes.  Many have been brutally slaughtered. It is barbaric, and thus far, only the Kurds have stepped up to help the Christian refugees facing certain death. “Here in southeast Michigan, we have a large population of Chaldeans, Iraqi Christians who fled Iraq because of religious persecution, and we share their horror over what is happening to the Christians in Iraq under the guise of religion.    “I commend the Kurds for their action, and support the decision to provide them with military aid and deliver limited, targeted airstrikes against the extremist organization.  We must stop the immediate advancement of these violent Islamist militants to protect U.S. personnel and Christian refugees. I also want to express my gratitude to the brave men and women with the U.S. forces that are embarking on this dangerous and noble mission.” ###   Read More

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Representative Candice Miller’s career in public service reflects a long history of efficiency and cost effectiveness – from her early roots on the Harrison Township Board of Trustees, to her current responsibilities representing Michigan’s 10th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Representative Miller is currently serving her sixth term after first being elected to office in November 2002.  In addition to representing the views of Michigan’s 10th Congressional District in the Halls of Congress, Representative Miller serves as Chairman of the Committee on House Administration; currently serving as the only woman chair of a committee in the U.S. House of Representatives.  She serves as Vice Chair of the House Committee on Homeland Security, as well as Chairman of the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security; and is a member of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.  Representative Miller is also a member of the Deputy Whip Team.  In Congress, Representative Miller has been a leader on protecting the Great Lakes and promoting Michigan industry

Prior to her election to Congress, Representative Miller served two successful terms as Michigan’s Secretary of State.  Miller made dramatically improving customer service the hallmark of her administration and her work was recognized by the voters in 1998 when she was overwhelmingly re-elected, winning every county in the state and becoming the first statewide elected official to achieve a margin of victory of over 1,000,000 votes.  Her leadership not only led to improved services in Secretary of State Branch Offices, but also in the administration of elections.  Following the disputed 2000 election, the Ford – Carter Commission on National Election Reform cited Michigan’s Qualified Voter File, pioneered by Miller, as a national model, and also began the process of implementing a statewide uniform voting system.  All of her election reforms helped to reinforce Michigan’s reputation for free, fair, and open elections.

Representative Miller’s career in public service began when she was elected to the Harrison Township Board of Trustees in 1979.  Only one year later, she was elected Harrison Township Supervisor, becoming the youngest Supervisor in her township’s history, the first Republican since the Great Depression, and the first woman ever elected to the post.  During her 12 years as Supervisor, Harrison Township experienced explosive growth as she held the line on taxes and streamlining government to allow for job creation; all the while being hailed for doing so in an environmentally sensible manner.  In 1992 she was elected Macomb County Treasurer becoming the first Republican to win a countywide office in Macomb County in more than 60 years.

She and her husband, Retired Macomb County Circuit Court Judge Donald Miller, continue to reside in Harrison Township.  Judge Miller formerly served as Colonel in the Air National Guard.  He flew missions in Vietnam and was the base commander at Selfridge Air National Guard Base.  They have one daughter.

For the 113th Congress, Representative Miller was appointed to serve as Chairman of the Committee on House Administration (CHA), and is currently serving as the only woman chair of a committee in the U.S. House of Representatives.  CHA was established in 1947 and is charged with the oversight of federal elections and the day-to-day operations of the House of Representatives.

The Committee has the responsibility to ensure that the House of Representatives runs in an effective and efficient manner which is vital as we work to meet the many challenges facing this great nation.  Most importantly, this committee has jurisdiction over the federal election process, and as Chairman, Representative Miller is committed to making certain that the Committee enacts rules to ensure our nation continues to have open, free and fair elections.

Representative Miller’s past record and work experience as Chief Elections Officer during her time as Michigan’s Secretary of State will assist in accomplishing the many challenges set before our nation and ensuring that America effectively leads in the area of elections as that is the foundation for our democracy.

Representative Miller has served on the House Committee on Homeland Security since March 2008.  Representative Miller is currently serving as Vice Chair of the full House Committee on Homeland Security, and will continue to serve as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Securityfor the 113th Congress, a position she has held since January 2011.  She is also serving as a member of the Subcommittee on Transportation Security.

The federal government’s first and foremost responsibility is to provide for our national defense, and our common defense begins with a secure homeland.  The Committee is charged oversight of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and ensuring the primary focus remains on the protection of the American people.

As Chairman of the Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security, Representative Miller has exercised effective oversight and created legislative efforts to ensure our nation’s borders are adequately secured against illegal immigration, drug and human smuggling, as well as the exploitation of the legitimate visa process.  During her tenure as Chairman in the 112th Congress, Representative Miller crafted important oversight legislation, such as to require DHS to produce a plan to secure the border and ensure the right mix of manpower, technology, and infrastructure is implemented to meeting the mission of a secure border.  In addition, Representative Miller crafted legislation to increase oversight over the maritime security mission of DHS, as well as strengthening maritime security at home and abroad as we trade with our trusted partners.

Within her roles on the Committee in the 113th Congress, Representative Miller will continue to push needed legislation that will ensure we implement strong protections for our borders and global supply chain.  Our nation’s borders can and must be secured, and her goal will be to see that DHS is making progress to confront the threats of terrorism, cyber security, and mismanagement of the Department in these areas vital to our national security and continuing to work towards a secure border and a safer homeland.

Michigan’s 10th Congressional District is a border district.  It is home to the Blue Water Bridge which is the second busiest commercial border crossing on the northern tier, Selfridge Air National Guard Base which has expanding missions in the area of homeland security, Coast Guard stations at Selfridge, Port Huron, and Harbor Beach, it borders Chemical Valley which is one of the largest collections of petro-chemical operations in North America, the CN Rail Tunnel which is the busiest rail artery in the U.S., and is where the genesis of important trade arteries interstates I-94 and I-69.

Miller has focused her efforts on building a stronger presence of homeland security assets at Selfridge, enhancing the security of our airways, roadways, railways, and waterways, in addition to securing our food and water supplies by enhancing Northern Border security.

The Committee on Homeland Security was established in 2002 to provide congressional oversight for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and better protect the American people against a possible terrorist attack.  Many of the programs at Selfridge and the armed service reserves throughout the 10th Congressional District fall under the purview of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.  The Committee on Homeland Security provides oversight for the department and handles issues dealing with transportation security, border and port security, critical infrastructure protection, cyber security, and science and technology, emergency preparedness, emerging threats, intelligence and information sharing, investigations, and management and procurement.

In 2007, Representative Miller was appointed to the full House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.  Representative Miller is also a member of the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials, as well as the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment.  Representative Miller is the only member from Michigan serving on this Committee, and takes seriously the need to advocate on behalf of Michigan to ensure that the state is returned its fair share of tax dollars for many infrastructure needs.  She believes that all avenues of transportation, whether on land or on the sea, are important to improve, maintain, and support surrounding economic growth.

Michigan’s 10th Congressional District is host to the Blue Water Bridge in Port Huron, MI which is the second most traveled border crossing in North America.  It is a vital component of economic expansion, not just for the district, but for the region, state, and nation.  This Committee allows her to offer enhanced oversight and influences to ensure this portal and others like it receive the federal attention they need and deserve.

The Committee also holds jurisdiction over water quality issues. Throughout her career in public service, protecting the Great Lakes has been one of Representative Miller’s principal advocacies.  She is a vocal proponent for policy designed to preserve and protect Michigan’s most cherished natural resource.

The Committee has jurisdiction over all modes of transportation: aviation, maritime and waterborne transportation, highways, bridges, mass transit, and railroads.  The Committee also has jurisdiction over other aspects of our national infrastructure, such as clean water and waste water management, the transport of resources by pipeline, flood damage reduction, the management of federally owned real estate and public buildings, the development of economically depressed rural and urban areas, disaster preparedness and response, and hazardous materials transportation.

The Committee’s broad oversight portfolio includes many federal agencies, including the Department of Transportation, the U.S. Coast Guard, Amtrak, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the General Services Administration, the Army Corps of Engineers, and others.


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Dan Benishek

MICHIGAN's 1st DISTRICT

Bill Huizenga

MICHIGAN's 2nd DISTRICT

Justin Amash

MICHIGAN's 3rd DISTRICT

Dave Camp

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Fred Upton

MICHIGAN's 6th DISTRICT

Tim Walberg

MICHIGAN's 7th DISTRICT

Mike Rogers

MICHIGAN's 8th DISTRICT

Kerry Bentivolio

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