1. Joseph Miller was born May 10, 1967, in Osborne, Kan., to Rex and Sharry Miller, who ran a bookstore called Christian Books & Gifts.
2. He graduated with a B.S. in political science from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1989 and earned a Bronze Star for his service in the first Gulf War.
3. Miller was honorably discharged from active duty in 1992, the same year he married Kathleen Tompkins, who is now a member of the Alaska Judicial Council, which screens, nominates, and evaluates judges. The Millers have eight children.
4. He earned his law degree from Yale in 1995.
5. The Millers moved to Alaska so he could work at Condon, Partnow & Sharrock, a law firm in Anchorage.
6. At age 30, Miller was appointed state magistrate in Tok, a rural town northeast of Anchorage, and as Superior Court master for the Fourth Judicial District.
7. In 2002, he was named acting state district court judge. Soon after, he became federal magistrate in Fairbanks, then the youngest in the nation in that role and the only justice serving both at the state and federal levels.
8. Also in 2002, Miller began seven years as a part-time assistant attorney for the Fairbanks North Star Borough. He maintained a private law practice on the side.
9. He graduated with a master's degree in economics from the University of Alaska in 2009.