Prior to joining the Senate, I served in the Wisconsin State Assembly from 1998-2004 and the Dane County Board of Supervisors from 1994-1998.
But I came to politics somewhat late in life. Prior to running for office, and what many may not know about me, is that I was a fighter pilot and operational planner in the Wisconsin Air National Guard from 1965-1995 and a successful small business owner in the 1970-80s.
A life-long Wisconsinite, Badger and Packer fan, I grew up in Middleton, WI and graduated from Middleton High School.
As a child, my father, who was a physics professor at UW, and his colleagues and graduate students often took me and my four younger siblings out on their field and camping trips, teaching us the beauty and value of our natural world.
After my mother died from breast cancer, my father re-married Midge (Leeper) Miller, who at the time was a dean at the UW and widow with four children. It was Midge who taught me the importance and responsibilities of political life as she was a committed and passionate representative in the Wisconsin Assembly for over a decade.
I attended and received a B.S. from UW-Madison. I learned how to take some knocks and hard hits as a rugby player during my college years. The UW is also the place where I met my wife, Jo Oyama Miller.
We got married in Chicago in 1968. Today, we have three adult children and four grandchildren.