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Miller sworn into Iowa House

By Andy Hallman, Ledger news editor | Aug 25, 2017
Photo by: Photo submitted Rep. Phil Miller recites the oath of office read to him by State Treasurer Mike Fitzgerald Thursday in the Iowa House of Representatives Thursday. Also present for the occasion was Miller’s wife, Connie.

Phil Miller of Fairfield was officially sworn in to the Iowa House of Representatives during a ceremony Thursday afternoon at the State Capitol.

State Treasurer Mike Fitzgerald swore in Miller as representative of Iowa House District 82 before his wife, Connie, children and grandchildren.

“I’m honored to be a state representative for the people of Davis, Jefferson, and Van Buren counties,” Miller said in a news release. “It’s humbling to follow in the footsteps of Rep. Curt Hanson who served our community so well for many years. Like Curt, I pledge to listen to everyone, put politics aside, and do what’s right for our community.”

Hanson was the District 82 representative until his death in June.

Miller said before he left for the capitol that he would be given a tour of the building and shown where his desk will be. All legislators receive a badge allowing them to pass through security at the Capitol.

The new representative said the legislative session does not begin until Jan. 8, but his calendar is already filling up. He’s been invited to speak at several civic groups in the area, such as the Davis County Historical Society, a Farm Bureau meeting and meetings conducted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

“I also want to visit with the sheriffs and supervisors in the three counties I represent,” he said. “I want to talk to the superintendents of all our schools, and the hospital administrators. I want to get to know folks with local responsibility so I can find out what their needs are, and ensure we have an open line of communication.”

Miller grew up on a family farm in Iowa and was an active 4-H member. He attended Iowa State University, where he earned a graduate degree in veterinary medicine. After college, he joined a large and small animal veterinary practice in Fairfield, The Veterinary Clinic P.C., where he still works today.

“I’ve met so many people over the last month and I know that they are all tired of politics as usual. I’m going to work together with my colleagues from both sides of the aisle to raise wages and create new opportunities in our community; strengthen our local schools; make sure healthcare is both affordable and accessible; and protect our precious natural resources,” added Miller.

In addition to running a small business, Miller has been an active member of the Fairfield community for decades. He was president of the Fairfield Community School District Board of Directors before being elected to the Iowa House.

“I enjoyed my time on the school board,” he said. “I got to work with a lot of great people. After having served, I appreciate even more the performance our teachers, staff and administrators in educating our kids.”

Miller is a member of First United Methodist Church, where he has served on the church council and enjoys singing in the choir. He has also served on the Jefferson County Board of Health.

Miller and his wife are the parents of four children and 10 grandchildren. Connie has been the school secretary at Washington Elementary School in Fairfield for over 20 years.

“Before session begins in January, I look forward to meeting more people in my district and learning about their issues and priorities. I encourage constituents to contact me by phone, email or social media with questions, concerns, or comments about the Iowa Legislature or state government,” said Rep. Miller.

Miller can be reached via phone at 472-2511 or via email at phil.miller@legis.iowa.gov. His website can be found at www.millerforiowahouse.com.

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