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Rep. Mike Miller, BS '90

Rep. Mike Miller, BS '90

Gator Caucus Chair

Representative Mike Miller currently represents District 47, which includes much of Central Orange County. Specifically, parts of Winter Park, Edgewood, and Belle Isle within the Orlando area.

Mike is a proud graduate of the University of Florida, where he attended on a baseball scholarship and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in history. After his college baseball career, Mike earned an MBA from the Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College.

In November 2014, Mike was elected to the Florida House of Representatives.

Mike serves on the Commerce Committee, Ways & Means Committee, Justice Appropriations Subcommittee, Tourism & Gaming Control Subcommittee (Vice Chair), Local, Federal & Veterans Affairs Subcommittee, and the Transportation & Infrastructure Subcommittee.

He and his wife, Nora, live in Winter Park FL with their daughter Katie and son Jack.

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Q & A with Gator Caucus Chairman Mike Miller

Q & A with Gator Caucus Chairman Mike Miller

What motivated you to run for office?

I am originally from D.C. and I spent my summers coming down to Winter Park to visit my grandmother, Esther Rigby. I fell in love with this place! I knew I wanted to live here one day and when I met my wife, Nora, one of the first things I asked her was if she would be willing to move to Central Florida. Florida is an amazing place that we chose and I want future generations to as well. I have always been active in public service and in my local community. When the opportunity to run presented itself, after talking to my wife and kids, I felt I could be an effective advocate for Central Florida families and small businesses.

What is your biggest goal as an elected official/legislator?

Homelessness and the challenges with affordable housing have always troubled me. I spent 17 years on the local housing authority working toward solutions and, after elected, I wanted to make sure local governments had control over funds provided by the state to combat homelessness so they can address the unique challenges each individual community has with the immediacy required.

What are the largest challenges facing higher education in the upcoming legislative session?

Florida has done a great job of promoting and developing a premier university system and it will always be a struggle to provide for and accommodate the vast amount of well-qualified students that choose to attend.

What is it like being the Gator Caucus Chairman?

I have greatly increased my Orange and Blue wardrobe to accurately reflect the honor!

Why did you choose UF?

It was a chance of a lifetime to pitch for the Gators.

What activities did you participate in at UF?

Being a Division 1 athlete and maintaining a high GPA took up much of my time, but Gator Growl and supporting other UF athletics was a favorite part of campus life for me.

What is your favorite UF memory?

Pitching in the SEC tournament, graduation day and the 1996 Gator football championship!

How did your experience at UF shape you?

I am a Floridian and Gator for life and proud of the accomplishments of both.

What do you feel is the most exciting thing about UF today?

We have always known what a dynamic university UF is and thanks to the renowned faculty and talented graduates, it is great to see it receive the national recognition it so deserves.

What advice do you have for UF alumni and students interested in your career field?

Internships in any arena of politics are invaluable in creating an understanding of government and forging friendships that can last a lifetime. I cannot stress enough how important it is to foster friendships along the way and enjoy the journey!

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