Ross Miller’s commitment to accountable, responsive and transparent government is reflected in his performance as Nevada’s Secretary of State. Ross began the first of his two terms when he was first elected in January of 2007 as the youngest Secretary of State in the history of Nevada and the youngest in the nation at the time of his election. Miller was also unanimously selected by his peers to serve as President of the National Association of Secretaries of State for 2012-2013.
As someone who holds an MBA, Ross brings a business approach to the office, maximizing technology to bring the Secretary of State’s office into the age of digital governance. During lean budget times in Ross’ tenure, Ross made significant budget cuts including a staff reduction of nearly 10 percent. In spite of those cuts, Ross’ leadership resulted in increased revenues, from $104 million in FY 2007, to $158 million in FY 2012, an increase of 52% in general fund revenue that helps pay for essential state services.
Services to constituents continue to grow in the Miller Administration including the nation’s premier business portal, Silverflume, which provides a “one-stop-shop” for businesses conducting transactions with State agencies and municipalities. As Nevada’s Chief Elections Officer, Ross’ Multi-jurisdictional Elections Integrity Task Force has been identified as a national model by the FBI and the Department of Justice for responding to complaints or election or voter registration complaints. A former criminal prosecutor, Miller led an aggressive investigation in 2008 into the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) that led to the filing of thirty-nine (39) felony criminal counts and eventual convictions against ACORN and two field directors. Miller also successfully fought for campaign finance and election reforms including Nevada’s searchable campaign finance database “Aurora” which was the product of the most comprehensive legislative election package in Nevada’s history.
Ross’ additional duties as Secretary of State include board member of the Nevada Office of Economic Development; as well as a voting member of the Board of Prison Commissioners, State Board of Examiners, and the Tahoe Regional Planning Authority.
His leadership was recognized by the Aspen Institute when he was selected one of "24 Rising Stars" in American governance by the Aspen Institute and awarded the Rodel Fellowship in Public Leadership. He has also been recognized as one of the “Top 20 Under 40” by the Reno Gazette Journal, and one of the “Men to Watch” by the Nevada Press Women.
He holds dual post-grad degrees, a law degree and a MBA, from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, as well as a Bachelor of Arts from Stanford University. While at Stanford, Ross served as a White House intern in the Clinton administration. He also attended the Monterrey Technological Institute in Monterrey, Mexico where he and his teammates won the Collegiate Mexican National Basketball championship. In 2012, Miller won his first sanctioned mixed martial arts fight in a light heavyweight bout and immediately retired from competition.
Born in Las Vegas, and raised in Carson City, Ross is the son of former Nevada Governor Bob Miller and First Lady Sandy Miller. Ross met his wife Lesley when they were both law students at Loyola Marymount. Lesley is an attorney with Kaempfer Crowell Renshaw Gronauer & Fiorentino. Ross and Lesley have two daughters, Cameron, 7, Geneva, 5, and son Reece, 1.
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