Ensuring every child in Virginia gets the very best education possible
Excellent environmental record
Newport News
Alfred S. Forrest Elementary School


During my eight years in the Senate, I have been a strong advocate for SOL reform and improving education, protecting our children and our environment, increasing jobs and economic opportunity and creating an independent redistricting commission. I am proud that I have worked across the aisle to find common-­sense solutions for many of our most pressing issues.

I have built a strong record of accomplishment and have worked hard to ensure every child in Virginia gets the very best education possible. I served as Chairman of the Public Education Subcommittee, which considers all legislation dealing with K-12 education.  I was the leader in the General Assembly in reducing the number of SOL tests and I passed legislation allowing elementary and middle school students to retake failed SOL tests.

The Virginia Education Association has given me their “Solid as a Rock” award for my commitment to public education.  I was named “Policymaker of the Year” by the Virginia Association for Career and Technical Education.  The Virginia State Reading Association also named me their “Friend of Literacy”.  I am the only person to have been given this award twice.  I was also named “Legislator of the Year” by the Virginia Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (VAHPERD) for my efforts to increase physical activity among school children.

The environmental community has also recognized my efforts.  The Virginia League of Conservation Voters named me a “Legislative Hero” for my pro-environment votes and the Sierra Club has given me an “A+” rating.

Ensuring a pro-business climate in the Commonwealth is very important to me.  The Virginia Chamber of Commerce gave me an “A” rating for my pro-business votes.

Finally, NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia has given me a 100% rating for my efforts to protect women’s rights.

It is an honor representing you in the Senate and I look forward to returning in 2016.

Senator John Miller

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By: Travis Fain

Groups calling for redistricting reform in Virginia were emboldened Monday by a U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding reforms in Arizona, but changes to Virginia's system remain a political long shot in the near term.

In a 5-4 decision, the high court said that a commission empowered by Arizona voters can keep drawing election districts there. The state legislature had sued, arguing that the 2000 ballot measure unconstitutionally ceded the legislature's authority to the commission.

A number of proposals have been made in Virginia, generally ceding authority to an appointed commission or to legislative staffers. The General Assembly itself would typically take a final vote on plans drawn without its input.

The state Senate has supported some efforts in recent years, but they've been dead on arrival in the House of Delegates. For example: Bills from state Sen. John Miller, D-Newport News, to hold a non-binding referendum to gauge voter support passed the state Senate on lopsided votes two years running, only to be tabled in a House subcommittee.