Elected to the U. S. House of Representatives in 1992, Dan Miller represented the Thirteenth Congressional District of Florida for ten years. This Gulf Coast district included all of Sarasota and Manatee Counties, as well as parts of Hillsborough and Charlotte Counties. A former college professor and businessman, Dan never held public office before his election to Congress. In keeping with his promise of a self-imposed ten-year term limit, Dan retired from Congress in 2003.
Born in Michigan, Dan moved to Bradenton with his parents in 1958. After graduating from Manatee High School, Dan received his B.S. degree from the University of Florida, and subsequently earned an M.B.A. at Emory University and a Ph.D. in Marketing & Statistics from Louisiana State University. He taught statistics and marketing at the graduate and undergraduate levels at Louisiana State University, Georgia State University, and the University of South Florida in Sarasota.
Following his teaching career, Dan became a successful entrepreneur in Southwest Florida. He is a partner in the family-owned Miller Enterprises, which operates the Twin Dolphin Marina and Gulf Coast Corporate Park. Dan was very active in community affairs, serving on numerous boards, and is past chairman of the Manatee Chamber of Commerce and Manatee Memorial Hospital.
During his ten years in the House, Dan served on the House Appropriations Committee, the Budget Committee, and the Committee on Government Reform. As a member of the Appropriation Committee, he served on the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education Subcommittee; Commerce, Justice, State and Judiciary Subcommittee; and Military Construction Subcommittee. While Dan fought to eliminate or reduce many unnecessary or inefficient programs within his Subcommittees, he was a strong advocate for the National Institute of Health and the successful doubling of their budget. As a member of the Government Reform Committee, Dan served as Chairman of the Census subcommittee with oversight of the U.S. Census Bureau. Dan led the successful fight against adjusting the 2000 Census based on unreliable and unconstitutional statistics estimates.
As a staunch fiscal conservative, Dan was committed to both reducing the size and scope of the federal government and fighting corporate welfare — efforts that have earned him top voting record scores from both the National Taxpayers Union and Citizens Against Government Waste. He was persistent in his efforts to end the big government sugar program, and he led efforts to reform extradition laws which enabled criminals to flee persecution.
After leaving Congress Dan has returned to academia. In 2003 Dan was a Fellow at the Institute of Politics at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He is currently teaching at the University of South Florida and is developing the Manasota Institute of Public Policy and Leadership at the Sarasota Campus of USF.
Dan is married to Glenda Darsey Miller. They have two children and two grandchildren.