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DECISION 2012: Don Miller

Don Miller was elected to represent the people of the 121st Assembly District (now the 127th) on Nov. 2, 2010. The district encompasses the towns of Cicero, Clay, Manlius, LaFayette and Pompey in Onondaga County.

Miller began his career in politics in 1980 as a volunteer for Ronald Reagan’s Presidential campaign. He pursued political activities through a variety of campaign work and eventually founded The Empire Group, Inc., a full-service political campaign consulting firm. Miller was awarded two Silver Microphone Awards for political advertising in 1996.

Miller earned a bachelor of arts degree in political science in 1988 from the State University of New York at Buffalo, a master of arts degree in teaching in 2005 from Lee University, Tennessee, and a master of arts degree enhancement in education administration in 2006, also from Lee University.

Miller is certified as a highly qualified teacher in secondary social studies. He currently works as the quality manager at JADAK LLC, a high-tech engineering firm servicing the healthcare industry, headquartered in North Syracuse, with global offices in Europe.

From 2000 through 2005, Miller served as an unofficial advisor to senior leaders in the People’s Republic of China. Focusing on individual liberty, constitutional government, free markets, economic reform, open political systems, competitive political parties, rule of law, the deliberative legislative process, religious freedom and jury trials, Miller taught many aspects of American freedom to the Communist Party-led Chinese government. He also spent much of 1998-2005 teaching English to Chinese university students in business operation, marketing, economics, public speaking, debate and writing classes.

Miller, 44, is a native of Liverpool, New York, the son of Donald P. and Sarah Miller, the youngest of their four children, and a graduate of Liverpool High School. He and his wife Tracy were married in 2006, and now have two daughters, ages 4 and 2. Tracy Miller is a naturalized American citizen who cast her first vote in the November 2010 election.

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