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 graduated from West Point in the top 1% of the Class of 1989. He then served as an armor officer with the 1st Infantry Division, seeing combat in Desert Storm. During his service, he was decorated with 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. Joe’s commitment to public service continued following his move to Alaska, which was the fulfillment of a long held dream. At the age of 30, he was appointed as a State Magistrate (the youngest then serving in Alaska). Further honors followed four years later when Miller was 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, not only in the state, but also in the entire nation. He later served as a part-time borough attorney, while he ran a successful law practice. Joe Miller currently lives in Fairbanks with his wife of 21 years, Kathleen, and their children.