Gregory A. Miller
|Gregory Allen "Greg" Miller|
Louisiana State Representative
for District 56 (St. Charles Parish)
|Assumed office |
|Preceded by||Gary L. Smith, Jr.|
|Born|| May 30, 1962|
Fort Sill, Oklahoma, USA
|Political party||Republican |
|Spouse(s)|| Amy Elizabeth Pfrimmer Miller|
|Residence||Destrehan, St. Charles Parish, Louisiana|
|Alma mater|| De La Salle High School|
Louisiana State University
Gregory Allen Miller, known as Greg Miller (born May 30, 1962), is an American attorney from Destrehan, Louisiana, who in 2011 was elected as a Republican state representative for District 56, which encompasses much of St. Charles Parish in suburban New Orleans.
Miller was born at Fort Sill in Lawton, Oklahoma, while his father, Ralph Ross Miller (1934-2017), was stationed with the United States Army. His parents returned to Louisiana and Miller was reared primarily in his father's hometown of Norco, also in St. Charles Parish. Ralph Miller, formerly a Democrat, was elected as the state representative for St. Charles Parish from 1968 to 1980, and again from 1982 to 1992. Ralph Miller was a registered Republican voter at the time of his death.
Gregory Miller graduated from the Roman Catholic De La Salle High School in New Orleans.. In 1985, he received a bachelor's degree in political science from Louisiana State University in the capital city of Baton Rouge. Three years later, he completed his legal degree from the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center and joined the Republican Party. Miller is also affiliated with the Chamber of Commerce, Ducks Unlimited, the River Road Historical Society, Lions International, St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, and the Knights of Columbus, the Catholic men's organization.
Miller grew up in the shadow of his father's reform legislative service, but Miller did not run for office until he witnessed the destructive aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005:
I just felt that there was a lot missing in the way the state responded. We had a chance to really focus on what our priorities should be. ... The best schools, the best jobs, the best communities are nothing if they're under ten feet of water.
During his campaign in 2011, Miller identified his top legislative priorities as fiscal accountability and job creation:
Persistent high unemployment has forced too many of our young residents to leave the state for decent job opportunities. Clearly, we must strengthen our efforts to promote economic opportunities. As your state representative, I'll go anywhere, meet with anyone, and never stop working to create high-paying jobs for our citizens.
Miller also said that improvements in drainage were essential on both the East and West banks of the Mississippi River. He cited the need for levees in St. Charles Parish strong enough to withstand hurricanes. Miller also endorsed stronger ethics laws.
Mller won the seat vacated by Representative Gary Smith, Jr., a Democrat who was instead elected to the state Senate. Miller defeated two opponents, one from each party: Republican Emile Garlepied, a former owner of a transportation company, and Democrat Ganesier "Ram" Ramchandran, a consulting engineer and a former member of the St. Charles Parish Council. In the nonpartisan blanket primary held on October 22, 2011, Miller failed by 110 votes to win the position outright. In the second round of balloting on November 19, Miller easily won with 5,201 votes (62.3 percent) to 3,143 (37.7 percent) for Democrat Ganesier Ramachandran.
In 2013, Representative Miller voted to increase judicial pay, to repeal mandatory retirement ages for judges, and to lessen penalties for marijuana possession. He voted to forbid the state from enforcing federal firearms restrictions and to prevent the publication of the names of those with concealed weapon permits. Miller voted for surrogacy contracts for couples seeking another woman to bear their child. He also voted to bring state law in line with federal dictates on requirements of equal pay for equal work regardless of gender.
Opposition to Marriage and Conscience Act
On May 19, 2015, Miller was one of four Moderate Republicans on the House Civil Law and Procedure Committee—the others were Mike Pete Huval of Breaux Bridge, Nancy Landry of Lafayette, and Clay Schexnayder of Gonzales in Ascension Parish -- who voted to table on a 10-2 vote the proposed Marriage and Conscience Act, authored by Republican then state Representative Mike Johnson of Bossier Parish, now the U.S. Representative for Louisiana's 4th congressional district. Johnson's bill was strongly backed by the conservative Louisiana Family Forum.
Only fellow Republican Ray Garofalo of Chalmette in St. Bernard Parish, also a Moderate Republican, stood with Johnson. Republican Governor Bobby Jindal, who supported the legislation, then issued an executive order to implement the measure. Johnson said that his bill was intended to block the state government from pulling licenses or tax benefits from a company because of the owner's counter view of same-sex marriage. Among Democrats who opposed the measure were committee chairman Neil Abramson and Joseph Bouie, Jr., both of New Orleans, Patrick O. Jefferson of Arcadia in Bienville Parish, and Alfred C. Williams of Baton Rouge.
Miller joins Democrats in choosing House Speaker
Miller ran unopposed for his third House term in the primary election held on October 12, 2019. On January 13, 2020, his first day as a state representative in his third term, Miller was among twenty-three Moderate Republican lawmakers, known as the Fraud Squad, who voted for Clay Schexnayder, whose election as House Speaker depended heavily on the votes of thirty-five Democratic lawmakers along with two Independent legislators, and the Republican dissenters. Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards made contacts on Schexnayder's behalf. The forty-five conservative Republicans in the House were outfoxed by the twenty-three Moderates.
- Gregory Miller (Allen). Mylife.com. Retrieved on February 2, 2020.
- Ralph R. Miller. The New Orleans Times-Picayune. Retrieved on February 2, 2020.
- Membership in the Louisiana House of Representatives, 1812-2024 (St. Charles Parish). Louisiana House of Representatives. Retrieved on February 2, 2020.
- Mary Sparacello (September 28, 2011). St. Charles Parish-based 56th Louisiana House district draws trio of hopefuls. The New Orleans Times-Picayune. Retrieved on August 26, 2013; no longer on-line.
- Gregory Miller seeks state House seat in River Parishes. The New Orleans Times-Picayune (July 26, 2011). Retrieved on August 26, 2013; no longer on-line.
- Louisiana Secretary of State, Election Returns, October 22, 2011.
- Louisiana Secretary of State, Election Returns, November 19, 2011.
- Representative Gregory A. Miller's Political Summary. votesmart.org. Retrieved on February 2, 2020.
- Emily Lane (May 19, 2015). Louisiana's religious freedom bill effectively defeated in committee. The New Orleans Times-Picayune. Retrieved on May 20, 2015; article no longer on-line.
- The Moon Griffon Show, January 23, 2020.