10 Things You Didn't Know About George Miller

The California congressman chairs the House Education and Labor Committee.

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1. George Miller was born in Richmond, Calif., on May 17, 1945, to Dorothy and George Miller Jr., a Democratic state senator.

2. He earned an associate degree from Diablo Valley College in 1965 and a B.A. from San Francisco State University in 1968.

3. Miller married Cynthia Caccavo in 1964, and they have two sons and six grandchildren.

4. When his father died in 1969, Miller lost the election to succeed him in the state Senate.

5. Miller earned a J.D. from the University of California–Davis in 1972. Soon after, he served as legislative assistant to California Senate Majority Leader George Moscone.

6. In 1974, at age 29, Miller was elected to serve the state's Seventh District in the U.S. House, where he now has worked more than half his life.

7. He was an author of the 2001 No Child Left Behind Act and has since called for improvements to the education reform law, including increased funding and flexibility.

8. In 2007, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi appointed Miller to the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee. As cochair, he helps craft and explain the party's positions on various policies.

9. That same year, Miller launched "Ask George" on YouTube, using videos to respond to the public's questions, primarily about the Iraq war. He continues to use online "MillerTV" to communicate his views to constituents.

10. As chairman of the Committee on Education and Labor, Miller was a key author of the major healthcare reform bill that became law in March.