For Immediate Release For Information Contact:
October 5, 2009 Todd M. Smith 512/658-9699
STATE REPRESENTATIVE SID MILLER ANNOUNCES THAT HE WILL SEEK RELECTION TO TEXAS HOUSE
Stephenville Republican kicks off campaign
for sixth Term in Texas Legislature
Stephenville, Texas—Today, State Representative Sid Miller officially announced that he would seek a sixth term in the Texas House of Representatives. In making his announcement, Miller, a member of the House Business and Industry Committee and the House Corrections Committee, as well as an appointed member of the National Energy Council, said that he looks forward to continuing representing the values of the hardworking families of District 59 and that he still has much work to do in helping to preserve and strengthen the Texas agriculture interests that his committee oversees.
"It has been a tremendous honor to serve the citizens of District 59 for the last nine years in the Texas Legislature and I look forward to continuing my work on their behalf," Miller said.
Representative Miller is currently serving his fifth term in the Texas House of Representatives where he has gained a reputation as leader who does what he says, says what he means, and gets things done for the people of Texas. Miller’s record in the Texas House includes his work in helping pass the largest property tax cut in the state’s history, improving healthcare for Texans with his support of tort reform and his efforts to preserve the traditional values that have made Texas strong. Representative Miller was the author of legislation that created the “Texas Cares Program” which became the model for the Pharmacy Prescription Assistance program which has provided billions of dollars worth of needed prescription medicines for seniors and needy Americans at no cost to the taxpayer.
Representative Miller led the fight to protect Texans from identity theft and he helped lead the fight to protect our children from the serious threat of both online and sexual offenders helping Texas pass “Jessica’s Law,” one of the strongest laws in the nation against child sexual predators.
Miller has been a strong advocate for education fighting to give teacher’s a well deserved pay raise and helping reduce the amount of unnecessary paperwork so that they can spend more time doing what they best—educating our young people and helping them prepare for the future. A former school teacher, Miller helped pass legislation giving an extra “13th” paycheck to Texas’ retired teachers. He has fought for more local control of our schools and on the higher education front has been Tarleton State University’s strongest backer in the Legislature by helping the university secure over hundreds of millions of dollars in new constructions and campus upgrades. He was also one of the leaders in the effort to create Texas A & M University—Central Texas.
As the past Chairman of the House Republican Caucus, and as a member of the Conservative Coalition, Sid Miller has been a strong advocate for tougher border security and for stronger state efforts to help curb the flow of illegal immigrants working to pass legislation that appropriated some $100 million of dollars to increase Texas Department of Public Safety and
Guard resources on the border.
During the 81st Texas Legislative session which ended in June, Miller authored and passed into the law the Texas Equine Incentive Act, the first legislation passed in decades that provided relief to the beleaguered Texas equine industry. The program which uses no tax dollars is designed to keep Texas horses in the state and attract breeders from other states to move their horses to Texas. Miller’s legislation is being hailed by horse groups and other agriculture interests as a way to promote Texas agriculture without adding to the burden of taxpayers.
"We have accomplished a lot over the years but there is still much work to be done," said Representative Miller. "It is imperative that we pass a Voter ID bill that will bring integrity back to the voting booth and our Texas elections,” said Miller. Miller has been an ardent backer and a co-sponsor of “Voter ID” legislation to help prevent voter fraud and to protect the sanctity of Texas elections. Miller said that Texas must also continue to fight to protect its sovereignty and that Texas must seek protection under the 10th amendment of the United States Constitution from unfunded and unwarranted mandates from the federal government.
Miller, who enjoys the strong support of both the Texas State and National Rifle Associations, said that he would continue to be on the watch for any legislation that would impede Texans right to keep and bear arms for any reason.
“We must continue our efforts to remove any prohibitions from law abiding and properly licensed Texans from carrying a firearm in order to protect themselves and their families,” Miller said. He said that he will continue to support legislation that will prevent employers from impeding the rights of their employees by restricting their right to keep a firearm in their locked vehicle at their place of employment. “Unfortunately, each and every session, there are new threats to our Second Amendment freedoms and we must remain ever vigilant to any attempt to weaken those precious freedoms,” Miller added.
Representative Miller has also been champion of our armed forces and our veterans. Miller, whose district includes most of Fort Hood has fought to protect the right of active duty military personnel to vote in state and local elections and he was the author of the bill that created the Texas Veterans Cemetery system with the first such cemetery being built in Central Texas.
Miller said that as a member of the Business and Industry Committee he would continue his aggressive actions to strengthen business and bring new jobs and opportunities to Texas. He said that includes maintaining the tort reforms that have helped curtail junk lawsuits in Texas and reducing other state mandates that stifle job creation. As a member of the Corrections Committee, Miller will continue to be a champion for the hundred’s of prison guards and other Texas Department of Corrections employees who live and work in District 59.
Representative Miller has previously been recognized as the "Freshman of the Year" by the House Republican Caucus for his tireless work and his strong adherence to conservative principles during the 77th Legislative Session. He is also a two time recipient of the "Fighter for Free Enterprise" Award from the Texas Association of Business due to his strong pro-business voting record in the Texas House. Last year he was named a “Taxpayer Hero” by Texans for Fiscal Responsibility for his efforts in the legislature to protect the interests of Texas taxpayers and he was named one of the top 25 fiscal conservatives in the Texas Legislature by Empower Texas. He has consistently been recognized and endorsed by virtually every pro-family group in Texas for his efforts to protect the values of faith, family, and freedom. Because of his conservative, pro-family voting record in the Texas House, he has consistently been named one of the top ten conservative lawmakers in the legislature.
“The people of District 59 have honored me with their support and I have worked hard to merit the trust they have placed in me,” said Representative Miller. “Texas is at crossroads and we face new threats and new challenges. I pledge to continue to truly represent the values of the people who call District 59 home and to be their voice in our state’s capitol,” Miller concluded.