Joe Miller shocked the political world on August 24, 2010 when he, according to media accounts, came out of nowhere to defeat incumbent Senator Lisa Murkowski in the Alaskan Republican Primary. He then entered into a contentious three-way general election, where federal contractors and others who benefited from the status quo waged a multimillion-dollar campaign and managed to help narrowly defeat Joe.
Joe has appeared on numerous national TV programs on Fox, ABC, NBC, MSNBC, CNN, CBS, BBC and other networks. He also regularly appeared on national radio programs hosted by Mark Levin, Hugh Hewitt, Michael Savage, Lars Larson, Laura Ingraham, Fred Thompson, and Dennis Miller. He has spoken at Tea Party and conservative gatherings throughout the country.
Joe Miller graduated from West Point in the top 1 percent of the Class of 1989. He then served as an armor officer with the 1st Infantry Division, seeing combat in Desert Storm, and receiving the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal and other awards. After active duty, Joe attended Yale Law School where he earned his Juris Doctorate. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Economics from the University of Alaska. Following his move to Alaska at the age of 30, he was appointed as a State Magistrate (the youngest then serving in Alaska), then appointed an Acting State District Court Judge and, shortly thereafter, U.S. Magistrate Judge in Fairbanks. Again, he had the distinction of being the youngest then serving in that federal position in the nation. Joe later served as a part-time borough attorney, while he ran a successful law practice. Joe Miller currently practices law in Fairbanks where he lives with his wife of 24 years, Kathleen, and their children.
On July 4, 2016, Joe published a hard-hitting exposé on Alaska Governor Bill Walker’s abuse of his veto power with his “theft” of $666 million from the People’s PFD dividends despite his many promises as a candidate not to do so. These funds are statutorily required to be distributed to the People of Alaska. The Governor’s illegal taking was not only an abuse of power, but also resulted in the imposition of the most regressive tax in the history of the state and, perhaps, the entire nation.
Establishment attempts to seize PFD funds from the People of Alaska are not new. ln fact, both former Governor Frank Murkowski and his daughter Lisa Murkowski, whom he appointed to the U.S. Senate, supported the seizure of Alaskans’ PFD funds. While a state representative, Lisa Murkowski actually voted to both seize PFD funds and institute a state income tax. Joe is fighting back against this extreme taxation and abuse of power by leading the grassroots effort to recall the Governor and send a message to the Establishment lackeys that they serve the People of Alaska, not their special interest masters.