A View from Inside the Beltway
Jim Miller is an expert on various public policy issues, including federal/state regulatory programs, industrial organization, antitrust, intellectual property, general litigation, fiscal finance, tax structure, federal/state spending, deficits, public choice, campaign finance, and the effects of various laws and regulations on the overall economy.
Currently, Miller is a Senior Advisor to Husch Blackwell, LLP, an international commercial law firm. From April 2002 through January 2006, Miller served as Chairman (or more recently Chairman Emeritus) of The Capital Analysis Group of Howrey, L.L.P., where he led a team of economists, accountants, and regulatory experts that provided litigation support and performed analyses for the firm and for clients outside the firm. In addition, he is Chairman of the Executive Committee of the International Tax and Investment Center, an Adjunct Scholar at the Center for Study of Public Choice at George Mason University, a Senior Fellow (by courtesy) of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, and a member of the Board of Directors of Americans for Prosperity.
In 2003 Miller was appointed by President Bush to be a member of the Board of Governors of the U.S. Postal Service. In 2005 he was elected chairman of the Board, was reelected chairman in 2006 and 2007, and from 2008 until 2011. President Obama has nominated him for a second term, and he awaits Senate confirmation. He serves as Chairman of the Board’s Audit and Finance Committee. Moreover, Miller is a member of the board of Washington Mutual Investors Fund, the Tax-Exempt Fund of Maryland, the Tax-Exempt Fund of Virginia, the JPMorgan Value Opportunities Fund, and Clean Energy Fuels, Corp. For each of these organizations, Miller serves as Chairman of the Audit Committee and Designated Financial Expert.
In 1994, Miller was a candidate for the Republican nomination to the U.S. Senate from Virginia, losing a close race to Col. Oliver North at the state party’s convention in June. In 1996, once again Miller was a candidate for the Republican nomination to the U.S. Senate, losing to incumbent Sen. John Warner in the June primary. In 1998, he was treasurer of his wife’s campaign to represent Virginia’s Eighth Congressional District (winning the primary but losing the general election) and assisted her with another (losing) run for the same office in 2000.
From October 1985 to October 1988, Miller was Director of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, was a member of President Reagan’s Cabinet, and was a member of the National Security Council. From October 1981 to October 1985, he was Chairman of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. And from January 1981 to October 1981, he was Administrator for Information and Regulatory Affairs at OMB, where, among other things, he helped to establish and administer President Reagan’s program of regulatory relief.
The holder of a B.B.A. in economics (University of Georgia, 1964) and a Ph.D. in economics (University of Virginia, 1969), Miller is the author of over 100 articles in professional journals and is the author, co-author, or editor of nine books, the most recent of which is Monopoly Politics, published in 1999 by the Hoover Press at Stanford University.
Miller was born in Atlanta on June 25, 1942, and was raised in Conyers, Georgia. He resides with his wife, Demaris (holder of a Ph.D. in psychology from George Mason University), near Washington, Virginia.