Governor Bob Miller

The Miller Decade

January 3, 1989 - January 4, 1999

Bob J. Miller was born March 30, 1945, in Chigago, Illinois. He moved to Nevada in 1955. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Santa Clara in 1967 and his Juris Doctorate from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, California in 1971. Bob Miller served as governor for the State of Nevada from 1989 until 1999.



Governor Miller is known as the champion of funding for elementary schools and class size reduction. One of his many goals was to see that every single young person in this State had an opportunity for a quality education. He has greatly improved the quality of our educational system and demonstrated his commitment to education in areas such as class size reduction, early childhood development programs, and educational technology. 

Education was his first budget priority.  He achieved distinction and recognition as the education Governor throughout his tenure and positioned the education of Nevada's children at the forefront of his agenda.  Governor Miller led the nation in increased support for higher education, class size reduction, and stronger academic standards.   His commitment to high academic standards was one of the hallmarks of his administration.

His dedication to educating Nevadans to prepare them to enter the business community has inspired many to follow in his footsteps.  Programs such as School-To-Work have the ability to achieve milestones because of his participation and interface with the educational system.  His formation of the Commission on Educational Technology has resulted in the development of a statewide plan for the use of technology in schools.  Governor Miller started the state's Youth Art Exhibit at the Governor's Mansion, which is now an annual tradition.

Governor Miller has been the recipient of many prestigious and distinguished awards, such as the National Governors' Association "Build Block Award" for progress in Education, Women Executive in State Government 'Breaking the Glass Ceiling" Award, and the America Cancer Society Excalibur Award. 

Governor Miller and his wife, First Lady Sandy Miller, improved the lives of a wide variety of people through family-related social programs such as Family-To-Family, Baby Your Baby, and the Family Resource Centers.  The Family-To-Family Program has been critical in helping low-income mothers and their children.

During his tenure as Nevada's Governor, Bob Miller's vision for our youth and their education was exemplary.  He enriched and enhanced our school system with new programs, increased funding, and higher standards.  His vision and accomplishments while in office laid a strong foundation for educational excellence that Nevada will continue to build upon far into the next millennium.