Miller’s departure a real loss

January 11, 2013 

No, he is not exactly Mr. Electricity, which U.S. Rep. Brad Miller would acknowledge. But like many lawmakers who aren’t loaded with the ol’ Kennedyesque charisma, Miller was a solid legislator for his 10 years in Congress from North Carolina’s 13th District. The district was Democratic, stretching from Raleigh to Greensboro, but when Republicans gained majorities in the General Assembly’s House and Senate, they redrew Miller right out of business.

So he’s leaving after a 20-year career as a legislator and congressman. Interestingly, Miller as a member of the U.S. House was pretty much the same as the young lawyer who won election to the state House in 1992. Studious and calm, he was known as a workhorse who didn’t speak unless he was fully informed on the issue before him.

In Congress, Miller played a significant role in legislation related to economic recovery (he had graduate studies in economics as well as a law degree) and predatory mortgages. That last issue was one for which Miller had real passion, as he spoke up for average folks he felt had been abused by the system. As a native of Fayetteville, Miller also took interest in veterans’ affairs and was a driving force in getting help for Marine families who had lived at Camp Lejeune during a period of water contamination.

In any issue in which he became involved, Miller studied carefully and by the time he entered the debate, he knew what he was talking about.

Now, Miller may write and speak and teach and perhaps practice a little law. True to himself, he says what he won’t do is become a lobbyist, as he doesn’t care for lawmakers leaving Congress one day and going back to Capitol Hill as lobbyists the next. Even as he retired, Miller was standing by his principles.

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