Carol Miller (politician)

Carol Miller
Carol Miller, Official Portrait, 116th Congress.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from West Virginia's 3rd district
Assumed office
January 3, 2019
Preceded byEvan Jenkins
Member of the
West Virginia House of Delegates
In office
January 2007 – January 3, 2019
Preceded byMargarette Leach
Succeeded byDaniel Linville
John Mandt
Constituency15th district (2007–13)
16th district (2013–19)
Personal details
Born
Carol Devine

(1950-11-04) November 4, 1950 (age 68)
Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
FatherSamuel L. Devine
EducationColumbia College, South Carolina (BA)
WebsiteHouse website

Carol Devine Miller (born November 4, 1950) is an American politician who is the U.S. representative for West Virginia's 3rd congressional district, serving since 2019. She previously served as a member of the West Virginia House of Delegates, representing the 15th district from 2007 to 2013 and the 16th district from 2013 to January 2019[1][2] She is a member of the Republican Party.

The daughter of U.S. Representative Samuel L. Devine,[3] Miller was elected as the Republican nominee in the 2018 United States House of Representatives election in West Virginia's 3rd congressional district.[4][5]

Education[edit]

Miller earned a bachelor's degree in history and political science from Columbia College.

West Virginia House of Representatives[edit]

Challenging District 15 Democratic representatives Margarette Leach, Kevin Craig, and Jim Morgan, Miller placed in the four-way three-selectee 2004 Republican primary, but lost the six-way three-position general election on November 2, 2004 (all the incumbents were re-elected).

Challenging the incumbents again, Miller placed in the six-way three-selectee 2006 Republican primary and was elected in the six-way three-position general election on November 7, 2006, unseating Leach. Incumbent Democratic representatives Craig and Morgan were re-elected.

Miller placed first in the three-way Republican primary on May 13, 2008, with 2,116 votes (43.8%).[6] She then placed third in the six-way three-position general election on November 4, 2008, with 8,163 votes (18.2%) behind incumbent representatives Craig and Morgan and ahead of non-selectee candidates Democrat Carl Eastham, and Republicans James Carden and Paula Stewart.[7]

Miller placed first in the three-way Republican primary on May 11, 2010, with 1,505 votes (44.4%).[8] She then placed second in the six-way three-position general election on November 2, 2010, with 6,601 votes (19.7%) behind incumbent representative Craig and ahead of Morgan and non-selectee candidates Democrat Matthew Woelfel, and Republicans Patrick Lucas and Douglas Franklin.[9]

With all three incumbent District 15 representatives redistricted to District 16, Miller placed first in the Republican primary on May 8, 2012, with 1,745 votes (19.6%),.[10] She then placed second in the five-way three-position general election on November 6, 2012, with 8,415 votes (21.8%) behind incumbent Democratic representative Craig and ahead of incumbent Democratic representative Morgan and non-selectee candidates Democrat Sean Hornbuckle and Republican Mike Davis.[11]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

Elections[edit]

On May 8, 2017, incumbent U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins announced his intention to run against incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Joe Manchin.[12] In August 2017, Miller announced her intention to run to fill Jenkins' seat.[13]

On May 8, 2018, Miller defeated State Delegate Rupie Phillips and State Delegate Marty Gearheart. Miller received 23.8% of the vote and only won 3 of the 18 counties in the district.[14][15] Miller went on to face State Senator Richard Ojeda.[16]

Many polling outlets considered this race to be a Lean Republican or a tossup.[17][18] But on November 6, 2018, Miller defeated Ojeda, receiving 56.4% of the vote. Miller won all but 2 counties in the district.[19][20][21] Upon election, Miller became the first woman to represent West Virginia's 3rd congressional district and the only Republican woman to be elected to an open seat in 2018.[22][23]

Committee assignments[edit]

Caucus memberships[edit]

Electoral History[edit]

Republican primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Carol Miller 8,936 23.8
Republican Rupert Phillips 7,320 19.5
Republican Marty Gearheart 6,833 18.2
Republican Conrad Lucas 6,812 18.1
Republican Rick Snuffer 4,032 10.7
Republican Ayne Amjad 2,791 7.4
Republican Philip Payton 861 2.3
Total votes 37,585 100.0
West Virginia's 3rd congressional district, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Carol Miller 98,645 56.4
Democratic Richard Ojeda 76,340 43.6
Total votes 174,985 100.0
Republican hold

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Carol Miller's Biography". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved March 27, 2014.
  2. ^ "Carol Miller". Charleston, West Virginia: West Virginia Legislature. Retrieved March 27, 2014.
  3. ^ http://www.delegatecarolmiller.com/biography/
  4. ^ "Carol Miller (West Virginia)". Ballotpedia. Retrieved August 13, 2018.
  5. ^ "U.S. House 3 candidate: Carol Miller (R)". Herald Dispatch. March 28, 2018. Retrieved August 13, 2018.
  6. ^ "Statewide Results Primary Election May 13, 2008 Official Results". Charleston, West Virginia: Secretary of State of West Virginia. Retrieved March 27, 2014.
  7. ^ "Statewide Results General Election November 4, 2008 Official Results". Charleston, West Virginia: Secretary of State of West Virginia. Retrieved March 27, 2014.
  8. ^ "Statewide Results Primary Election May 11, 2010 Official Results". Charleston, West Virginia: Secretary of State of West Virginia. Retrieved March 27, 2014.
  9. ^ "Statewide Results General Election November 2, 2010 Official Results". Charleston, West Virginia: Secretary of State of West Virginia. Retrieved March 27, 2014.
  10. ^ "Statewide Results Primary Election May 8, 2012 Official Results". Charleston, West Virginia: Secretary of State of West Virginia. Retrieved March 27, 2014.
  11. ^ "Statewide Results General Election November 6, 2012 Official Results". Charleston, West Virginia: Secretary of State of West Virginia. Retrieved March 27, 2014.
  12. ^ Staff, WSAZ News. "Jenkins to challenge Manchin for U.S. Senate seat". www.wsaz.com. Retrieved March 1, 2019.
  13. ^ WVMetroNews (July 20, 2017). "Miller announces US Congress bid". WV MetroNews. Retrieved March 1, 2019.
  14. ^ "Election Night Reporting". results.enr.clarityelections.com. Retrieved March 1, 2019.
  15. ^ "West Virginia Primary Election Results: Third House District". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved March 1, 2019.
  16. ^ Fang, Lee (May 22, 2018). "Deep in Trump Country, a Democratic Populist Is Facing Off Against a Country Club Republican". The Intercept. Retrieved March 1, 2019.
  17. ^ "House Ratings | Inside Elections". insideelections.com. Retrieved March 1, 2019.
  18. ^ "Larry J. Sabato's Crystal Ball » 2018 House". www.centerforpolitics.org. Retrieved March 1, 2019.
  19. ^ [email protected], scytl. "Election Night Reporting". results.enr.clarityelections.com. Retrieved March 1, 2019.
  20. ^ "West Virginia Election Results: Third House District". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved March 1, 2019.
  21. ^ Fitzwater, Joseph (November 7, 2018). "Carol Miller Defeats Richard Ojeda in District 3". WOWK. Retrieved March 1, 2019.
  22. ^ Pathé, Simone; Pathé, Simone (November 9, 2018). "Meet Carol Miller. She Could Be the Only New Republican Woman Coming to Congress Next Year". Retrieved March 1, 2019.
  23. ^ "The New Congress Has A Record Number Of Women — But Very Few Republican Women". NPR.org. Retrieved March 1, 2019.
  24. ^ "Members". Republican Main Street Partnership. Retrieved March 1, 2019.

External links[edit]

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Evan Jenkins
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from West Virginia's 3rd congressional district

2019–present
Incumbent
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Dan Meuser
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