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Biography

Elected: 2002, 7th term.

Born: May 7, 1954, Detroit

Home: Harrison Twnshp.

Education: Macomb Cnty. Community Col., 1973-74, Northwood U.

Professional Career: Secy.-Treas., D.B. Snider Inc. marina, 1972-79

Ethnicity: White/Caucasian

Religion: Presbyterian

Family: married (Donald) , 1 children

Candice Miller, a Republican elected in 2002, is a mostly loyal vote for her party, but she sometimes strays on fiscal issues. Known for her tough stance against illegal immigration, she lost a bid to chair the Homeland Security Committee in 2012 and instead was given the leadership of House Administration, enabling the GOP to award at least one woman a full committee gavel.

Miller grew up in Macomb County. Her family ran a marina, and Miller was engaged in life on the water from an early age. She was on the crew team in high school and later was a member of the first all-woman team to sail the prestigious Bayview Mackinac Boat Race, one of the longest fresh water regattas. In 1979, at age 25, she was elected Harrison Township trustee. A year later, she was elected as the youngest and first woman supervisor of the township. She won an upset bid in 1992 to become Macomb County treasurer. And two years later, she defeated 24-year incumbent Richard Austin to become the Michigan secretary of state, the first woman to hold the post.

Prevented from running for reelection by term limits, Miller was the favorite to succeed Democratic Rep. David Bonior, who ran for governor in 2002, in a district that had been redrawn to make it more Republican. Still, Democrats were enthusiastic about Macomb County Prosecutor Carl Marlinga, who had been in office for 20 years. But Marlinga could not keep pace with Miller’s fundraising. He also called himself a “Hubert Humphrey Democrat”—not a big advantage in the 10th—while Miller called herself a “George W. Bush Republican.”

She opposed abortion rights, supported free trade agreements, and favored making the Bush tax cuts permanent—all positions opposite of Marlinga’s. Both candidates supported gun rights. Citing her daughter’s membership in the United Auto Workers, Miller reached out to unions and was endorsed by the Teamsters, but not the AFL-CIO. She won handily, 63%-36%, carrying Macomb County 61%-37%.

In the House, Miller has a moderate-to-conservative voting record. She opposed the majority of her party in 2011 in reducing funding for Amtrak and for nutrition programs for women and children, and in allowing new species to be listed under the Endangered Species Act. She supported the 2007 minimum wage increase and the 2009 expansion of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program. She and Ohio Democrat Betty Sutton cosponsored the bill creating the popular 2009 “Cash for Clunkers” program in which the government gave people money for trading in old cars for new fuel-efficient models.

Miller became the chairman of the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security in 2011, giving her a new platform for her tough illegal immigration stance. The House in May 2012 passed, by voice vote, her bill requiring the Homeland Security Department to develop a plan to control the Southwest border in five years. She also sponsored a proposed constitutional amendment to exclude illegal aliens from the decennial congressional reapportionment process, calling it “absolutely outrageous” that non-citizens have “a profound impact on our political system.”

After President Barack Obama won reelection in 2012 with overwhelming Latino support, she was among the Republicans who said she no longer opposed the DREAM Act aimed at assisting illegal immigrants’ children. But she remained resolutely opposed to Obama's executive order allowing certain types of illegal immigrants to remain in the country. Months before the order was issued, she wrote in a 2014 Detroit News op-ed: "Middle- and working-class Americans cannot survive and thrive in a labor marketplace skewed by unskilled, low-wage workers who are here illegally. And our taxpayers cannot bear the burden of providing services – education, health and welfare – to millions of illegals.” During that year's Central American refugee crisis on the U.S-Mexico border, she called on using free trade agreements with the refugees' home nations as leverage. "We need to whack them, our neighbors, to understand that they are just not going to keep taking our money and we are just going to be sitting here like this," she said at a June hearing.

Miller sought to replace the term-limited Peter King of New York as chairman of the full Homeland Security panel but lost to the more conservative Michael McCaul of Texas. Her rejection opened the possibility that there would be no women—and all white males—chairing committees, and House Republican leaders subsequently put her on House Administration, which oversees the chamber’s internal workings.

In that role, one of Miller's jobs is determining the budgets for each House committee. At a February 2015 hearing, she said she was "very appreciative" of the committees who asked for no increases in a time of tight budgets. Earlier, she also got to formally hire lawyer David Rivkin to pursue House Republicans' contention that Obama was guilty of abusing his executive authority. "No president is above nor should operate beyond the limits of the Constitution," she said in a statement announcing the move. And in 2013, she overturned a policy on including holiday greetings in lawmakers' communications to constituents. "I feel it is entirely appropriate for members of Congress to include a simple holiday salutation, whether it is Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and so on," she said.

Miller is preoccupied with issues that affect auto manufacturing, a mainstay of her state’s economy. She has criticized advocates of tougher fuel-efficiency standards for seeking “to bankrupt Detroit.” Miller also takes seriously her district’s proximity to the natural assets of the Great Lakes and has warned that the lakes can’t be relied on “to solve the nation’s water problems.” Speaking on the House floor in support of a Great Lakes restoration bill in December 2014, she said: "God gave us these magnificent lakes that have provided us with so much, but we need to be better stewards of them and have a lot of making up to do to Mother Nature."

In her congressional career, Miller had one encounter with the Ethics Committee. The panel admonished her for attempting to influence the vote of Republican Rep. Nick Smith of Michigan in 2003, when he opposed a major Republican bill to create a prescription drug bill in Medicare. The committee concluded that Miller tried to intimidate Smith to vote for the legislation. Miller dismissively told the Detroit Free Press: “If a black belt can be intimidated by an overweight, middle-age woman, that’s too bad.”

Miller has been reelected easily. When veteran Democratic Sen. Carl Levin announced his retirement in 2013, Michigan Republicans immediately considered Miller their best candidate. But she quickly took herself out of the running, apparently not willing to forego a safe House seat for a position that eventually went to a Democrat -- her more ambitious House colleague Gary Peters.

Office Contact Information

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(202) 225-2106

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CHOB- Cannon House Office Building Room 320
Washington, DC 20515-2210

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(586) 997-5010

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Shelby Township, MI 48317-2560

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Election Results

2012 GENERAL
Candice Miller
Votes: 226,075
Percent: 68.8%
Chuck Stadler
Votes: 97,734
Percent: 29.74%
2012 PRIMARY
Candice Miller
Unopposed
2010 GENERAL
Candice Miller
Votes: 168,364
Percent: 71.97%
Henry Yanez
Votes: 58,530
Percent: 25.02%
2010 PRIMARY
Candice Miller
Votes: 84,426
Percent: 100.0%
2008 GENERAL
Candice Miller
Votes: 230,471
Percent: 66.3%
Robert Denison
Votes: 108,354
Percent: 31.17%
2008 PRIMARY
Candice Miller
Votes: 66,003
Percent: 100.0%
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (61%), 2008 (66%), 2006 (66%), 2004 (69%), 2002 (63%)

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