John R. Miller

John R. Miller
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Washington's 1st district
In office
January 3, 1985 – January 3, 1993
Preceded by Joel Pritchard
Succeeded by Maria Cantwell
Personal details
Born (1938-05-23) May 23, 1938 (age 76)
New York City, New York
Citizenship United States
Political party Republican
Alma mater Yale Law School

John Ripin Miller (born May 23, 1938), an American politician, was a member of the United States House of Representatives from 1985 to 1993. He represented the 1st congressional district of Washington as a Republican. While in Congress he championed human rights in Russia, China and South Africa

Miller received his LL.B. from Yale Law School and an MA in Economics from Yale Graduate School in 1964. He graduated with a BA from Bucknell University in 1959 and served as an Army Infantry officer on active duty in 1960 and later in the U.S. Army Reserves.

Miller did not run for re-election in 1992. Prior to being elected congressman, he was active in state and municipal governments, serving as assistant attorney general for Washington; vice president and legal counsel for the Washington Environmental Council; and Seattle City Councilman (1972–1979). Miller's first campaign for the City Council was tied to saving the Pike Place Market and while on the Council he oversaw the rehabilitation of the Market. He founded Seattle's urban pea patch program, the first of its kind in the nation which now includes almost fifty pea patches. Miller led the Council in rejecting Seattle's entry into Washington Public Power Supply System nuclear plants 4 and 5 which later went bankrupt, and unsuccessfully sought the demolition of the Alaska Way Viaduct separating Seattle's downtown from its waterfront.

Miller served as the director, Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons for the U.S. State Department, with the rank of Ambassador-at-Large, starting in 2002. He sought to increase public awareness of modern day slavery and nurture a world wide abolitionist movement with the United States in the lead. Miller resigned effective December 15, 2006, to join the faculty of George Washington University. He later taught at Yale University and was named a Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Governmental Studies at the University of California in Berkeley. Miller serves as a distinguished senior fellow in international affairs and human rights with the Discovery Institute. Prior to his time at State, he had served as the chair of the Institute, and was an English teacher at Northwest Yeshiva High School in Mercer Island, Washington.

References

  • Seattle Post-Intelligencer article on resignation from State Department (page no longer available 23 July 2008)

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  • Internet Archive 30 December 2006.
  • Seattle City Council Members, 1869-Present Chronological Listing, Seattle City Archives. Accessed online 19 July 2008.
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Preceded by
Joel Pritchard (R)
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Washington's 1st congressional district

1985–1993
Succeeded by
Maria Cantwell (D)

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