Mary Miller
Official portrait, 2021
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 15th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2021
Preceded byJohn Shimkus
Personal details
Mary E. Meyer

(1959-08-27) August 27, 1959 (age 64)
Oak Park, Illinois, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
(m. 1980)
ResidenceOakland, Illinois
EducationEastern Illinois University (BS)
WebsiteHouse website

Mary E. Miller (née Meyer; born August 27, 1959) is an American politician serving as the U.S. representative for Illinois's 15th congressional district since 2021.[1] She serves on the House Committee on Agriculture and the Committee on Education & Labor. Miller is a member of the Freedom Caucus and has been described as on the far right of the Republican Party.[2]

Early life and education

Born in Oak Park, Illinois, to Annette (Jesh) and Harvey Meyer,[3][4][5] Miller graduated from Naperville Central High School in Naperville, Illinois.[6] She earned a Bachelor of Science in business management and did some graduate coursework in education at Eastern Illinois University, but did not complete a graduate degree.[7]

U.S. House of Representatives



See also: 2020 United States House of Representatives elections in Illinois § District 15

Miller speaking at a Turning Point USA event in 2020

Miller announced her candidacy to represent Illinois's 15th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives in the 2020 elections to succeed retiring incumbent John Shimkus.[8] She won the Republican Party nomination,[9] the real contest in Illinois's most Republican district, and won the general election with over 70% of the vote. Miller focused her campaign on providing support to farming and bringing manufacturing back to Illinois.[10]

Miller sided with President Donald Trump's false claims that the 2020 presidential election was compromised by voter fraud, calling it "tainted".[11][12]


See also: 2022 United States House of Representatives elections in Illinois § District 15

In May 2022, the Washington Examiner criticized Miller for employing Bradley Graven, "a man convicted of soliciting sex with a minor, to assist with her re-election campaign."[13][14] Graven was also seen driving Miller around, raised money for her campaign, and was reportedly responsible for collecting over half the signatures needed to qualify her for the ballot.[13][15]

After the 2020 redrawing of the Illinois electoral map, Miller won the June 2022 Republican primary by approximately 14 points against fellow incumbent Rodney Davis, whose more moderate views became a liability in the newly redrawn 15th district.[16] Miller had also been endorsed by Donald Trump; Davis had supported the ultimately unsuccessful formation of a January 6 commission in May 2021.[17] Redistricting left her home in Oakland just outside the district. Members of the House are required only to live in the state they represent.


On January 6, 2021, when Congress met to formally count the votes of the Electoral College and certify the results of the 2020 presidential election, Miller was one of the members of the House of Representatives who objected to the votes of Arizona and Pennsylvania.[18]

Committee assignments

For the 118th Congress:[19]

Caucus memberships

Political positions

Miller is a member of the Freedom Caucus and has been described as being on the "far right" of the Republican Party.[22][23][24][25]

LGBT rights

On March 2, 2021, Miller introduced the Safety and Opportunity for Girls Act, which would ban transgender girls in schools from using bathrooms that correspond to their gender identity.[26]

Miller criticized House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on the Equality Act and same-sex marriage, saying, "She doesn't represent the American people, and Americans need to wake up and realize that the Left does not represent the traditional values of the American people."[27]

Miller voted against the Respect for Marriage Act, which codified parts of Obergefell v. Hodges. She wrote in a Facebook post, "This attacks the traditional family. All of these initiatives are deeply unpopular with the American people, and I will always vote NO against the radical agenda of the Left."[28]

President Biden and the Biden administration

Miller has accused President Joe Biden of having a plan to "flood our country with terrorists, fentanyl, child traffickers, and MS-13 gang members", and also said that "under President Biden's leadership the left has weaponized the federal government to go after the American people. We face an unprecedented assault on the American way of life by the radical left."[29]

Miller has supported efforts to impeach Biden. During the 117th United States Congress, Miller was co-sponsor of four resolutions to impeach Biden.[30]

During the 117th Congress, Miller also co-sponsored resolutions to impeach Attorney General Merrick Garland[31][32] and Secretary of State Antony Blinken.[33] In the 118th Congress, she has co-sponsored resolutions to impeach Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas[34] and Vice President Kamala Harris.[35]

Capitol Police medals

In June 2021, Miller was one of 21 House Republicans to vote against a resolution to give the Congressional Gold Medal to police officers who defended the U.S. Capitol on January 6.[36]

Foreign policy


In February 2022, Miller co-sponsored the Secure America's Borders First Act, which would prohibit the expenditure or obligation of military and security assistance to Ukraine over the U.S. border with Mexico.[37]

Miller voted against H.R. 7691, the Additional Ukraine Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2022, which would provide $40 billion in emergency aid to the Ukrainian government.[38][39]

Miller was one of 18 Republicans to vote against Sweden and Finland joining NATO.[40]

Middle East and Africa

In June 2021, Miller was one of 49 House Republicans to vote to repeal the AUMF against Iraq.[41][42]

Miller was one of 15 representatives to vote against H.R. 567: Trans-Sahara Counterterrorism Partnership Program Act of 2021, which would establish an interagency program to assist countries in North and West Africa to improve immediate and long-term capabilities to counter terrorist threats, and for other purposes.[43]

In 2023, Miller was among 47 Republicans to vote in favor of H.Con.Res. 21, which directed President Joe Biden to remove U.S. troops from Syria within 180 days.[44][45]


On March 19, 2021, Miller was one of 14 House Republicans to vote against a measure condemning the Myanmar coup d'état that overwhelmingly passed, for reasons reported to be unclear.[46]


On June 25, 2022, the day after the Supreme Court of the United States issued Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, which overturned Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, Miller spoke at a rally with Donald Trump and called the decision a "historic victory for white life". Later that night, her spokesman said that Miller had misread her notes and meant to say "right to life".[47][48]


Miller sponsored Representative Brian Babin's bill, H.R.140 - Birthright Citizenship Act of 2021, which would eliminate birthright citizenship.[49]

Miller sponsored H.R. 6202, the American Tech Workforce Act of 2021, introduced by Representative Jim Banks. The legislation would establish a wage floor for the high-skill H-1B visa program, thereby significantly reducing employer dependence on the program. The bill would also eliminate the Optional Practical Training program that allows foreign graduates to stay and work in the United States.[50]

In 2023, Miller voted for an amendment that would eliminate funding for immigration and refugee Assistance.[51]

Religious freedom

Miller has called for the return of the role of God in public schools.[52] She has also expressed support for Christian nationalism.[53]

Family leave

Miller introduced and sponsored H.R.1980 - Working Families Flexibility Act of 2021. This bill would cap the accrual of any non-union employee, per year, to 160 hours of compensated time off in lieu of overtime pay (the equivalent of 20 days if working 8 hours a day, or 4 weeks if calculated by a 40-hour work week) and prohibits the interference of employers with regard to forcing an employee to take the compensated time off.[54][55][56]


Miller sponsored H.R.6579 - Teamwork for Employees and Managers Act of 2022, which would require companies to put workers on the board. This has been described as "company unions".[57][58][59]


Miller expressed support for then-President Donald Trump's protectionist trade policies, expressing the feeling that farmers were taken advantage of in past trade deals such as NAFTA.[60]

Big Tech

In 2022, Miller was one of 39 Republicans to vote for the Merger Filing Fee Modernization Act of 2022, an antitrust package that would crack down on corporations for anti-competitive behavior.[61][62]

Comment about Hitler

On January 5, 2021, two days into her House term, Miller issued a prepared speech to the conservative group Moms for America.[63][64] She quoted Adolf Hitler, saying: "Each generation has the responsibility to teach and train the next generation. You know, if we win a few elections, we're still going to be losing unless we win the hearts and minds of our children. This is the battle. Hitler was right on one thing: he said, 'Whoever has the youth has the future.'"[65][66]

A number of groups and politicians condemned the comment, criticized Miller, and urged the Republican party to do likewise. Illinois GOP Chairman Tim Schneider called her language "wrong and disgusting" and urged Miller "to apologize".[65] Public statements were issued by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Anti-Defamation League (ADL), World Jewish Congress, and multiple lawmakers, including Adam Kinzinger and Illinois governor J. B. Pritzker.[67][68][69][70][71][72] U.S. Representative Jan Schakowsky, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth, and the Illinois legislative Jewish caucus called for Miller's resignation.[73][71][68] On January 14, Schakowsky said that she would introduce a measure to censure Miller.[74] ADL Midwest regional director David Goldenberg shared with Miller's office a list of 12 anti-Semitic incidents and 17 instances of white supremacist propaganda in the 15th district in 2019 and 2020 in an effort to make Miller aware of "what was going on in and around her district", he said, including information about extremist activity.[75]

On January 7, Miller's office tweeted that her remarks had been intended to compare alleged youth indoctrination efforts by "left-wing radicals" to those of Hitler, while nonetheless encouraging Republicans to aggressively appeal to the youth as a means to collective power.[64] On January 8, Miller apologized for having quoted Hitler in the message, but accused critics of twisting her words.[63][76]

2024 Republican primary

Miller tweeted her endorsement for Trump the night of his campaign launch.[77]

Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2023

Miller was among the 71 Republicans who voted against final passage of the Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2023 in the House.[78]

Personal life

Miller is married to state representative Chris Miller, who represents much of the eastern portion of his wife's district. They own a farm in Oakland, near Charleston, where they grow grain and raise cattle.[79][80] They have seven children and 17 grandchildren.[6][10] The Millers are members of Oakland Christian Church.[81][82]


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