“I want to take consumer protection to an even higher level,” he said, exploring ways to establish a better “early warning system” for “classic frauds, like social security,” the IRS and the “grandparents” fraud “and the more” intractable “frauds. , like telemarketing. Having a history of aggressively fighting sweepstakes, scams and other consumer fraud has sent a deterrent message to potential criminals: “Don’t do business in Iowa because of the cases brought before us and the recoveries we made for the Iowans. ,” he added.
“I think there is a clear indication that by being aggressive we are not only helping the people of Iowa get money back, but by being preventative,” he said.
Miller was educated at Wahlert High School, Loras College, and Harvard Law School before serving in several positions, including municipal attorney in northeast Iowa and legislative assistant to the U.S. representative of then John Culver, whom he described as his “mentor and hero”. Miller said he initially set his sights on Congress, but a series of events led him to seek the attorney general’s office as the Democratic candidate instead.
After the retirement of US Senator from Iowa, Harold Hughes, in 1974, Culver ran for his Senate seat and a close friend, Mike Blouin, announced for the seat of Culver’s House and Miller ran for the Iowa Attorney General.
In 1974 Miller won the Democratic nomination but lost the general election to Republican President Richard Turner. He was first elected to his current post in 1978 after defeating Turner in a rematch.