Bob Miller (Nevada governor)

Robert Joseph Miller (born March 30, 1945) is an American former attorney and politician who served as the 26th Governor of Nevada from 1989 to 1999. He is a member of the Democratic Party.

Bob Miller
Bob Miller at an event, Dec 22, 1994 - cropped to Miller.jpg
26th Governor of Nevada
In office
January 3, 1989 – January 4, 1999
LieutenantSue Wagner
Lonnie Hammargren
Preceded byRichard Bryan
Succeeded byKenny Guinn
Chair of the National Governors Association
In office
July 16, 1996 – July 30, 1997
Preceded byTommy Thompson
Succeeded byGeorge Voinovich
29th Lieutenant Governor of Nevada
In office
January 5, 1987 – January 3, 1989
GovernorRichard Bryan
Preceded byBob Cashell
Succeeded bySue Wagner
Personal details
Robert Joseph Miller

(1945-03-30) March 30, 1945 (age 75)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Sandy Miller
ResidenceHenderson, Nevada
EducationSanta Clara University (BA)
Loyola Marymount University (JD)
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Army
United States Army Reserve
Air Force Reserve Command
Years of service1967–1973
Battles/warsVietnam War

Life and careerEdit

Miller was born in Chicago, Illinois, and moved with his family to Las Vegas, Nevada as a child. His father, Ross Miller, was a bookmaker, who, according to his son's 2013 autobiography, Son of a Gambling Man,[1] had operated on both sides of the law on some of the meaner streets of industrial Chicago.

Bob Miller attended Roman Catholic schools. He graduated from Bishop Gorman High School in 1963 with honors, and from Santa Clara University in 1967, earning a degree in political science. He received his J.D. degree from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, California.[1][2]

Miller served in the U.S. Army Reserve from 1967 to 73, and later in the U.S. Air Force Reserve. He served as Clark County Deputy District Attorney from 1971 to 73. In 1978 Miller was elected Clark County District Attorney, and in 1982 became the first holder of that office to win re-election.[2] He was president of the National District Attorneys Association in 1984.

Elected the 29th Lieutenant Governor of Nevada in 1986, Miller was sworn in for a four-year term on January 5, 1987. On January 3, 1989, Miller succeeded to the governorship when Richard Bryan resigned to take a seat in the U.S. Senate. Miller was elected to two full four-year terms as governor, in 1990 and 1994, and served until January 4, 1999; his decade in office made him Nevada's longest-serving governor. Lifetime term limits prevented him from seeking re-election in 1998. He was the last Democrat to serve as Nevada governor until Steve Sisolak in 2019. In 1997–98, he served as chairman of the National Governors Association.[2] Miller has a middle school in Henderson, Nevada named after him, which opened in 1999.

Miller presently serves on the board of directors of Wynn Resorts and International Game Technology.[2] He is the Principal of Robert J. Miller Consulting, which provides business-to-government and business-to-business advice and assistance. He is also a senior advisor with Dutko Worldwide, a bipartisan government relations company headquartered in Washington, D.C.[3]


Miller and his wife, Sandy, have three children, including Ross Miller, who served as Secretary of State of Nevada from 2007 to 2015. He and his wife currently live in Henderson, Nevada.


  1. ^ a b "Former Gov. Bob Miller to publish memoirs next year". Las Vegas Review Journal. Retrieved June 30, 2011.
  2. ^ a b c d "About us". Robert J. Miller Consulting. Archived from the original on March 26, 2012. Retrieved June 30, 2011.
  3. ^ "Bob Miller". Dutko Worldwide. Retrieved June 30, 2011.

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Legal offices
Preceded by
George Holt
District Attorney of Clark County
Succeeded by
Rex Bell Jr.
Political offices
Preceded by
Bob Cashell
Lieutenant Governors of Nevada
Succeeded by
Sue Wagner
Preceded by
Richard Bryan
Governor of Nevada
Succeeded by
Kenny Guinn
Preceded by
Tommy Thompson
Chair of the National Governors Association
Succeeded by
George Voinovich
Party political offices
Preceded by
Richard Bryan
Democratic nominee for Governor of Nevada
1990, 1994
Succeeded by
Jan Laverty Jones