John Miller (Washington politician)

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John Miller
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Washington's 1st district
In office
January 3, 1985 – January 3, 1993
Preceded byJoel Pritchard
Succeeded byMaria Cantwell
President of the Seattle City Council
In office
August 14, 1978 – January 3, 1980
Preceded byPhyllis Lamphere
Succeeded byPaul Kraabel
Personal details
John Ripin Miller

(1938-05-23)May 23, 1938
New York City, New York
DiedOctober 4, 2017(2017-10-04) (aged 79)
Corte Madera, California
CitizenshipUnited States
Political partyRepublican
Alma materBucknell University
Yale Law School

John Ripin Miller (May 23, 1938 – October 4, 2017) was an American politician, who served as 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 the Soviet Union, 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, where he was a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity, and served as an Army Infantry officer on active duty in 1960 and later in the U.S. Army Reserves.[1]

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 P-Patch program, a gardening allotment program that was first of its kind in the nation which includes at least 90 sites as of 2016. Miller led the Council in rejecting Seattle's entry into Washington Public Power Supply System nuclear plants 4 and 5 (Satsop nuclear power plant) 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 worldwide 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, Berkeley. Miller served 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.

On October 4, 2017, Miller died in Corte Madera, California from cancer at the age of 79.[2]

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  1. ^ "Distinguished Alumni". Tau Kappa Epsilon. Retrieved November 11, 2023.
  2. ^ KOMO Staff (2017-10-04). "Former congressman, Seattle council member John Miller dies". KOMO. Retrieved 2021-12-16.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Washington's 1st congressional district

Succeeded by