Ross Miller became the youngest Secretary of State in America and the youngest in Nevada history when he was elected in 2006. Unanimously selected by his peers to serve as President of the National Association of Secretaries of State for 2012, Ross’ record of achievement since taking office reflects a true commitment to accountability and results. Although he is no longer the nation’s youngest Secretary of State, his accomplishments reflect a combination of enthusiasm for the job, and a vision for serving his constituents.
As a former criminal prosecutor, Ross knew bold action was required to restore Nevada’s faith in the electoral process, so he established the Election Integrity Task Force. The multi-jurisdictional Task Force is recognized by the Department of Justice as a model for protecting the integrity of elections. The 2008 election fraud investigation into ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now) and subsequent criminal charges reflect Ross’s commitment to protecting our most important right.
With a Master's Degree in Business Administration, Ross provides a pro-business perspective to the office of Secretary of State. This approach has led to the creation of vital new services which will generate millions of dollars and streamline state government. Ross’ brainchild, the Nevada Business Portal, will be America’s first online “one-stop shop” for businesses to conduct transactions with government. The Portal will allow Nevada businesses to conduct online transactions for their licensing, billing, payments, and filings with state, county and municipal entities. Ross also created the corporate recruiting website www.whynevada.com which, when combined with the Portal, will attract a new wave of green, sustainable industries and lead our state toward real economic diversification. As a result of his pro-business perspective, Ross was named a “20/20 Visionary” for 2010 by Nevada Business Magazine.
A third-generation Nevadan, Ross previously served as a Deputy District Attorney in Clark County. As a criminal prosecutor, he prosecuted a wide range of felons, including murderers, drug traffickers and kidnappers. As the head of Nevada’s Securities Division, Ross uses his well honed prosecutorial skills to convict con-men and financial swindlers preying on vulnerable Nevadans.
In 2009, Ross was selected as one of the "Rising Stars" in American governance by the Aspen Institute, and awarded the Rodel Fellowship in Public Leadership. Ross was named to the Nevada Press Women “Men to Watch” list, and was awarded the “Top 20 Under 40” award by the Reno Gazette Journal.
Ross serves as a board member of the Shane Victorino Foundation and HELP of Southern Nevada and as President-Elect of the National Association of Secretaries of State. Prior to his election in 2006, Ross was President of Citizens Alert, whose mission is fighting the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste storage facility. He has also served as a board member of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Southern Nevada.
Ross holds dual degrees, a law degree and a MBA, from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, and a Bachelor of Arts from Stanford University. While at Stanford, Ross served as a White House intern in the Clinton Administration. He attended the Monterrey Technological Institute in Monterrey, Mexico where he and his teammates won the Collegiate Mexican National Basketball Championship.
Born in Las Vegas, Ross grew up in both Las Vegas and Carson City. He is the son of Nevada’s longest-serving Governor, Bob Miller, and First Lady Sandy Miller. While in Carson City, Ross attended Carson High School, then transferred to Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas, where he was a McDonald’s High School Basketball All-American Nominee.
Ross met his wife Lesley when both were law students at Loyola Marymount. Lesley is an attorney with Kaempfer Crowell Renshaw Gronauer & Fiorentino. Ross and Lesley have two beautiful daughters, Cameron, 4, Geneva, 2, and a son, Reece, who was born March 15, 2011.
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