President Obama Issues Statement on Retirement of Congressman George Miller

January 13, 2014 17:11 pm · 40 comments


U.S. Rep. George Miller announced this morning that he plans to retire after serving for 40 years in Congress.

“I’m proud of what I have been able to accomplish on behalf of children, working people and the environment, in my district and for our country, especially passage of national health care reform,” Miller said in a statement.

“Now, I look forward to one last year in Congress fighting the good fight and then working in new venues on the issues that have inspired me.”

He said he won’t seek re-election in the fall. Miller, 68, was elected to the House of Representatives in 1974 at age 29 during the Watergate era. He was one of the most powerful Democrats on Capitol Hill and his departure is expected to be a hit to the party.

“Liberals are going to lose a real advocate,” San Jose State University political science professor Larry Gerston said.

“He was probably the West Coast version of Ted Kennedy in terms of his support for children’s issues, health care, employment benefits and minimum wage,” Gerston said. “So many of the things that Kennedy fought for were also on Miller’s agenda.”

Miller was born in Richmond and graduated from Diablo Valley Community College and San Francisco State University. He earned his law degree from the University of California at Davis Law School.

This term he has represented California’s recently-redrawn 11th District, which encompasses most of Contra Costa County.

He serves on the House Education and Workforce Committee, which he chaired from 2007 to 2010, and said he plans to continue pushing for improvements in education after his retirement.

Miller has also chaired the House Natural Resources Committee and the Select Committee on Children, Youth and Families, and has long acted as an adviser to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco.

In a statement released this afternoon, President Barack Obama thanked Miller for his service and called him “an indispensable partner in developing and passing the Affordable Care Act.”

“Because of his tireless efforts, our air and water are cleaner, our workers’ rights are better protected, more young people can afford to go to college, and more working families can make ends meet,” Obama said.

Congressman Mike Thompson, D-St. Helena, called Miller a close friend and noted his willingness to work with those on the opposite end of the political spectrum.

“This is the biggest public service loss to California in my lifetime,” Thompson said in a statement. “George leaving Congress will have a greater impact on our state than any past retirement from public office.”

Miller is married to Cynthia Caccavo Miller, with whom he has two sons and six grandchildren.

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Beth January 13, 2014 at 5:43 PM

There are few people who would argue that Mr. Obama is one of the best presidents this nation has ever had. His words… what an amazing retirement gift!

Atticus Thraxx January 13, 2014 at 5:43 PM

I’ll also be issuing a statement on the retirement of Congressman Miller once I’ve had it vetted for content that may trigger NSA attention.

Always Right January 13, 2014 at 5:48 PM

“In a statement released this afternoon, President Barack Obama thanked Miller for his service and called him “an indispensable partner in developing and passing the Affordable Care Act.”

So George Miller’s biggest “accomplishment” is this national disaster called Obamacare? Good Riddance.

Anonymous January 13, 2014 at 5:49 PM

I think Obamacare might have something to do with George’s decision to retire. Lots of Democrats are worried about running again. Although, they’re probably safe in California.

Shirley Wilson January 13, 2014 at 6:03 PM

Not only has George Miller worked hard for all of the above in this article but he has been a great and strong supporter of our LGBT community. We owe him a standing ovation. You will be greatly missed but you have more than earned this retirement. Thank you George!

oldman January 13, 2014 at 6:04 PM

“Congressman Mike Thompson, D-St. Helena, called Miller a close friend and noted his willingness to work with those on the opposite end of the political spectrum.”
I would like some examples of this.

Anonymous January 13, 2014 at 6:36 PM

One son is a lobbyist who got rich on family connections. Neither George or his son ever did a days worth of honest work.

4th Generation January 13, 2014 at 6:42 PM

We are in big trouble if our President found the time to comment on this subject considering the mess this country is in.

Off Barbrady January 13, 2014 at 6:43 PM


Careful here, big ears listening.

Jim January 13, 2014 at 7:36 PM

Blah blah blah…yada yada yada…walking away when the goping gets tough…dems will have a tough fight against Obamacare fallout…they can shift no blame away…they created…they voted for it and the screwed it up…and the president is thanking him….weird

Schmee January 13, 2014 at 7:42 PM

11th paragraph finally gets to obama’s comments.

@Beth January 13, 2014 at 8:11 PM

You mean very few people would say that.

Atticus Thraxx January 13, 2014 at 8:13 PM

Thanks for the reminder Officer Barbrady. Trying to work with my legal department to trademark both my metadata and DNA. Until than, better safe than sorry.

DanMtz January 13, 2014 at 8:22 PM

The easiest job in congress just opened up. Go look at the last election results – anyone who copies Rep. Miller’s profile will win and retire in another 40 years.

Willis January 13, 2014 at 8:27 PM

One less socialist is a good thing, since Miller is a member of The Democratic Socialists of America (DSA). “The goal of socialism is communism” (Lenin).

bigdaddy January 13, 2014 at 8:36 PM

good!!! one less liberal in office.

Anon January 13, 2014 at 8:44 PM

Good riddens!!

caskydiver January 13, 2014 at 9:03 PM

to #1: drink the Democratic party kool aid. I’d easily argue Obama is nowhere near being a top President. Foreign policy? He has no plan other than flying by the seat of his pants and usually making bad calls. Domestic agenda? We have the biggest and longest recession since the Great Depression. Don’t see much good he’s done other than divide the nation further.

Matt January 13, 2014 at 9:13 PM

Good Bye George

Mimi (original) January 13, 2014 at 9:33 PM

After working in the Head Start Program for 8 yrs and meeting Congressman Miller several times I can truly say that the Bay Area will be suffering a great loss with his retirement.

PH Dad January 13, 2014 at 9:40 PM

@mimi, the bay area’s loss is the republic’s gain in this case.

Bill P January 13, 2014 at 9:59 PM

He is going to be a tour guide for the Aspen Institute.

Schmee January 13, 2014 at 10:31 PM

When my father was at Richmond High school I met George Miller. When my mother was in the Contra Costa Community College United Facilty Union I met Mark DeSaulnier.

Both men had my parents support and seemed politically reasonable to me.

The Authority January 14, 2014 at 4:10 AM

Good Lord, it is way past about time. King George entered congress in his twenties. He leaves with his multi-million dollar pension at damned near 70 years of age. The House of Representatives was never meant to be a career. That’s why they stand for election every TWO years. You are supposed to be a citizen representative. You go to D.C., craft limited government legislation, then go back and LIVE and WORK under the laws you passed. It is NOT supposed to be a lifetime appointment. Shame on the idiot electorate of this supposedly modern and educated district who could not find ONE person more qualified in forty years. What have we gained by installing this Socialist? He has voted for nearly every penny of a $17 TRILLION debt! He has certainly advocated for trillions more in spending which was never approved. Well, now that he’s leaving, we can go about naming everything in Contra Costa after him. I have to laugh when I think that he has been my Congressman since I was 9 years old, and now I’m almost 50. At least I had the honor of voting against him every two years. He handed us Government controlled socialized medicine on the way out the door, and was Pelosi’s errand boy, so that’s something. Hey, Co. Co. County; before we go and bestow DeSaulnier or some other Democrat Party approved hack to the seat as OUR rep for a lifetime term, might we first think about the principles of fiscal responsibility and limited government, and have some regular turnover from time to time?

Akita_Luv January 14, 2014 at 6:32 AM

It’s about time. Hopefully more will start retiring after working 40 years in Congress.

Anonymous January 14, 2014 at 7:35 AM

That’s because some public officials are bought and paid for by the public employee unions, to the detriment of everyone in society.

Independent January 14, 2014 at 8:07 AM


An those that are die hard supports of the other side would say… There are few people who would argue that George Bush is one of the best presidents this nation has ever had.

People who align themselves with only one side get brainwashed by all the one sided information you read that supports that side. Any president that, multiple times, makes inaccurate statements about a program (ACA) they claim is the most sweeping legislation for this country cannot be considered one of the best we ever had.

Anonymous January 14, 2014 at 8:51 AM

This is a sad case of a man who never had a real job sticking around too long and believing his own press releases. Big grin, empty head.

Mrs. T January 14, 2014 at 9:05 AM

All I could do was bust out laughing when I read Beth’s comment. Haha what a Joke!! You my dear friend have that statement a little messed up. NObama is one of the WORST presidents this country has ever had… THE WORST!!!!!
Thanks for the laugh though! !!!

Anonymous January 14, 2014 at 9:36 AM

Dear Mr. Thraxx,

I have it on good authority that the NSA is monitoring you through your tv controller. However if you input channel 666 you can put a reverse satanic signal out and totally defeat them .I’m not quite sure how it works but I did it and the voices have stopped.

Keep this confidential and do not share my advice with anyone, especially Officer Barbrady, who we suspect is ,at the least, complicit in various plots.

FB January 14, 2014 at 9:40 AM

I thought Beth (comment #1) was joking and being a little sarcastic. Was she serious?

Chuckie's Wife January 14, 2014 at 10:11 AM

Good bye and good riddance. This is the best news I’ve had in a while!

And I love some of the snarky comments on here. Atticus Thraxx – thanks for your humor! Anonymous (#30) – great going!!

Atticus Thraxx January 14, 2014 at 11:04 AM

Casting aspersions at Officer Barbrady will win you no fans on these boards. And the TV controller thing didn’t work. No matter how many times I enter 666 all I get is “Fox and Friends”. … so maybe it did work after all.

BarBrandy January 14, 2014 at 11:49 AM

Are asspersions being cast–if so who is doing the casting?

anonymous January 14, 2014 at 11:49 AM

alot of ignorance in this comment section. The fallout from obamacare? The laws most impactful provisions come into effect this year and will be a good thing for our health insurance system and the millions of un-insured in the country. The GOP knew this law would be incredibly popular and successful once it’s actually in place and people understand what it does and why, that’s why they have spent every waking moment since it was passed into law propagandizing against it and desperately trying to repeal it.

Like Social security, Unemployment insurance, medicare, medicaid and other democratically formed institutions and policies before it not only will the ACA be incredibly appreciated but will be almost impossible to repeal.

So keep crying, i’m sure someone will still listen to you in the retirement home.

The Mamba January 14, 2014 at 2:20 PM

Hello? President Obama? It’s me, the Mamba! What happened to hope and change? Washington, D.C. is the same turd in the punch bowl its always been…

Final Score January 14, 2014 at 7:13 PM

People with a brain 33.George and his supporters 3.

Mimi (original) January 14, 2014 at 8:04 PM

@PH Dad – plbbbttttt!

. January 14, 2014 at 9:05 PM



Phandum and his monkey furball have “a” brain between them…..consisting of a coupe of cells each.

George never held a real job in his life….and markie owned a third rate restaurant before going on the public dole.

Those who can’t do, teach. Those who can’t teach, administrate. Those who can’t administrate run for public office.

Politicians = prostitutes…and not intending to insult prostitutes.

. January 14, 2014 at 9:07 PM

So, Beth….

Still doing your internship at the DNC and hoping for a job after you get out of high school?

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