Aruna Miller

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Aruna Miller
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Member of the Maryland House of Delegates
from the 15 district
In office
January 12, 2011 – January 9, 2019
Personal details
Born (1964-11-06) November 6, 1964 (age 58)
Hyderabad, India[1]
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)David Miller
ChildrenMeena, Chloe, and Sasha
OccupationCivil engineer (Transportation)

Aruna Miller (née Katragadda; November 6, 1964) is an American politician and a former member of the Maryland House of Delegates representing District 15 in Montgomery County, Maryland.[2] Maryland's Legislative District 15 is Montgomery County's largest district both in terms of geographic area and population and includes Boyds, Clarksburg, Darnestown, Germantown, Poolesville, Potomac, Dickerson, Barnesville, Beallsville as well as parts of Gaithersburg, North Potomac, and Rockville. Delegate Miller served on the Appropriations Committee and was the first Indian American woman to be elected to the Maryland legislature.

Miller has worked in Virginia, Hawaii, California and, over 25 years, in Montgomery County as an engineer. She has overseen programs that advanced access to schools, employment centers, and community facilities that are safe for pedestrians, bicyclists, transit users, and those with disabilities. In 2015 she retired from Montgomery County to devote her full attention to her service in the Maryland legislature.

Early life and education[edit | edit source]

Miller was born November 6, 1964, in India. Her family came to the United States when she was eight years old. Along with her two siblings and parents, she lived in Poughkeepsie, New York, where IBM employed her father as a mechanical engineer. She attended public schools in New York and then attended Missouri University of Science and Technology earning a degree in Civil Engineering.[3]

Career[edit | edit source]

Maryland Legislature[edit | edit source]

Miller was sworn in as a member of House of Delegates on January 12, 2011 and appointed to the Ways and Means Committee (revenue, transportation & education subcommittees). She is a member of the Land Use and Transportation Committee of the Montgomery County Delegation and a member of the Women Legislators of Maryland where she serves on the executive board.

After re-election in 2014, Miller was appointed to serve on the Appropriations Committee where she is Chair of the Oversight of Personnel Subcommittee and vice-Chair of the Transportation & Environment Subcommittee and in 2016 was appointed as vice-Chair of the Capital Budget. In the 2017 Miller was elected to Chair of the Women's Legislative Caucus.

In 2011, while serving as a Delegate, Miller encouraged strengthening economic and cultural development between Maryland and India[4] and accompanied Governor Martin O'Malley on six-day trade mission to India, which resulted in nearly $60 million in business deals for the state of Maryland.[5] Delegate Miller took a lead role in working with the Office of the Secretary of State and the Department of Economic Development to coordinate the Governor’s arrangements for his first stop to Hyderabad.[6]

In 2013 Delegate Miller was one of ten Maryland lawmakers named to the Maryland Business Climate Workgroup designed to make recommendations and develop long-term plans to streamline business regulations, encourage business innovation, and develop public-private partnerships to finance infrastructure[7]

In 2013 Governor Martin O'Malley appointed Delegate Miller as a Commissioner to the Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin (ICPRB). The ICPRB's mission is to enhance, protect, and conserve the water and associated land resources of the Potomac River and its tributaries through regional and interstate cooperation.

Miller maintains her activism in community organizations, including serving on the boards of the Black Rock Center for the Arts, the Montgomery County Public Schools Educational Foundation, & the Indian Biomedical Association. She is a graduate of Leadership Montgomery (class of 2013) and in 2012, Miller served as an at large Delegate to the 2012 Democratic National Convention.

2018 Congressional run[edit | edit source]

Miller ran for Congress in 2018 to represent Maryland's 6th congressional district to replace John Delaney, who is running for president in 2020.[8] In April 2018, Miller won a straw poll of Democratic activists in Western Maryland.[9] During the election, she was endorsed by the National Education Association,[10] the Sierra Club,[11] EMILY's List,[12] and 314 Action,[13] and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand [14]among others.[15]

Miller was outspent in the primary 13:1[16] by David Trone, the largest self-funding congressional candidate in US history,[17] and lost the overall primary to Trone by 9.3%, with 30.7% of the vote compared to Trone's 40.0%, and consequently did not advance to the general election.[18] She won Montgomery County but this was the only voting district she won outright.[19]

Personal life[edit | edit source]

In 1990, Miller moved to Montgomery County, Maryland, where she married her college sweetheart, David Miller; they have three daughters: Meena, Chloe, and Sasha. Miller is an avid animal rights advocate and vegetarian.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Aruna Miller in fray to be 2nd Indian-American woman to enter US House of Representatives". The Times of India. 25 June 2018. Retrieved 8 November 2018.
  2. "House of Delegates". Maryland Manual. Archived from the original on 28 January 2011. Retrieved 26 January 2011.
  3. "Aruna Miller". candidate website. Retrieved 26 January 2012.
  4. "India Abroad Report on Maryland Sister State" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 26 April 2011.
  5. "Governor O'Malley Announces Nearly $60 Million in Business Deals for Maryland, Touts Successful India Trade Mission". 12 December 2011.
  6. "Maryland Delegate Aruna Miller announces participation in Trade Mission". Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 26 November 2011.
  7. "Maryland Business Climate Workgroup". Retrieved 14 February 2014.
  8. "As millionaires compete, 6th District House race shaping up to be Maryland's priciest". The Baltimore Sun. December 29, 2017. Retrieved December 30, 2017.
  9. "Baker, Miller win straw polls of Democratic activists in Western Maryland". The Washington Post. April 22, 2018.
  10. "Aruna Miller Receives National Teachers Union Endorsement". Bethesda Magazine. April 19, 2018.
  11. "Sierra Club endorses Delegate Aruna Miller for MD 6th Congressional District". The Sierra Club. April 17, 2018.
  12. "Emily's List Endorses Aruna Miller for Congress in Maryland's 6th District". Emily's List. August 31, 2017.
  13. "Scientists group backs Aruna Miller in 6th District". The Baltimore Sun. November 20, 2017.
  14. "N.Y. senator endorses state delegate in race to succeed Delaney in Maryland". The Washington Post. March 8, 2018.
  15. "Aruna Miller Endorsements for Congress". Aruna Miller for Congress 2018. June 26, 2018.
  16. "Can Aruna Miller win despite being outspent 13:1". The Washington Post. June 21, 2018.
  17. "Largest Self-Funder in House History, Wins Democratic Nod in Maryland". Roll Call. June 26, 2018.
  18. "Maryland's 6th Congressional District election (June 26, 2018 Democratic primary)". Ballotpedia. Retrieved 2019-04-01.
  19. "Maryland Election Results".

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