|Michael J. Miller grew up in Douglasville, Georgia where he attended Chapel Hill Elementary School, Chapel Hill Middle School, and graduated with honors from Alexander High School in 1990. Mike is proud to be a product of the Douglas County Public School System. Mike is a graduate of the University of West Georgia where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics. Afterwards, he earned a J.D. from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University. Today, Mike is the managing attorney with the Douglasville firm of Miller & Hightower, P.C. which practices in the areas of civil litigation, criminal defense, probate, and administrative law. Mike has been a legal advocate for thousands of individuals and businesses in the West Georgia area over the past twelve years. Mike also represents the people of Douglas County as a member of the Board of Education where he has been a stalwart for fiscal responsibility and transparency.In 2004, Mike was named one of Georgia Trend Magazine’s “Top 40 Under 40.” He attributes this honor to his work in Republican politics and his service to his community and the State of Georgia. Mike’s experience in politics began in 1993 as an aide in the Georgia House of Representatives to three House Committees. Mike he went on to serve as a legislative aide to Republican State Senator Perry McGuire in 1994. Shortly after his introduction to the legislative process, Mike joined the West Georgia College Republicans, and subsequently served as Vice-chairman in 1994-1995.
In 1995, Mike started working as an account executive for BellSouth Corporation, and became involved in the Douglas County Republican Party where he served as a county board member from 1995 to 1997. In this capacity, Mike successfully ran fundraising projects and organized grassroots efforts until he began law school in 1997. During this time, Mike also organized and chartered the West Metro Young Republican Club, serving Douglas, Carroll, and Paulding Counties.
After completing law school in 2000, Mike returned to his hometown where he continued to serve the Douglas County GOP and the West Metro Young Republicans in various roles over the next four years. With the help of the West Metro YRs, Mike was instrumental in developing a public relations and membership campaign, and local neighborhood canvassing notebooks, and polling lists.In addition to serving his County Party, Mike was appointed as General Counsel to the Eighth District Republican Party Board in 2001 and 2003 and was elected as General Counsel to the Georgia Federation of Young Republicans (GFYRC) in 2001 and 2003. As the Rules Committee Chairman for each Board, Mike contributed to the creation of the new Eighth Congressional District by-laws in 2001 and the comprehensive expansion of the GFYRC by-laws in 2005.
|In 2005, Mike was elected as the National Committeeman for the GFYRC where he served the State Party for two years. In addition to his work for the Republican Party, Mike has worked for many local, state, and national campaigns over the past decade. Mike contributed to the campaign efforts for County Chairman for United States Senators Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson as well as Congressman Westmoreland. Mike has not only served the Republican Party and its candidates, but he has also served his community and the State of Georgia as a conservative voice of leadership. He has contributed to numerous non-profit boards and local government commissions. Locally, the City of Douglasville appointed him to the Downtown Development Authority and the Historic Preservation Commission where he served as Chairman for both. In 2001, as a young lawyer practicing criminal law, he accepted an appointment to Georgia’s Blue Ribbon Young Driver DUI Study Commission, a legislative review board organized to develop legislation to reduce the number of deaths and injuries occurring on Georgia roads. In 2003, Governor Perdue appointed Mike to the Secretary of State’s Construction Industry Licensing Board where he is charged with the task of helping protect Georgia’s consumers as well as the integrity of Georgia’s sub-contractor industries. Most recently, Douglas County voters elected Mike to the Board of Education where he has served as the Finance and Insurance Committee Chairman and as the Board’s Legislative Liaison. As a BOE member, Mike has adhered to his conservative principles and worked hard to cut wasteful spending, saving the Douglas County tax payers millions of dollars during his term.Mike is a graduate of the 2002 Coverdell Leadership Institute, Leadership Douglas 2003, the Atlanta Regional Commission’s Regional Planning Academy 2004, and the Atlanta Regional Commission’s Regional Leadership Institute 2010. Mike is currently a Fellow in the Georgia Educational Policy Fellowship Program, which is a national professional development program that provides potential leaders with the knowledge and networks to advance the core issues of education policy.