Current Position: US Representative of IL 15th District since 2021
Former Position: US Senator
I will not sit on the sidelines and watch our Constitution be trampled on. We are not descendants of the fearful.
Congresswoman Mary Miller Apologizes For Quoting Hitler In Speech Outside Capitol, Accuses Others Of
marymiller.house.gov, – July 22, 2021
WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Mary Miller (IL-15) introduced the House companion bill to Senator Mike Braun’s (R-IN) Define WOTUS Act of 2021. This bill was introduced by Congresswoman Miller to prevent President Biden’s radical cabinet secretaries from telling farmers and ranchers how to use and regulate their own land.
During the Obama Administration, the definition of “Waters of the United States” was altered, which trampled on the property rights of farmers, ranchers, and landowners in rural America.
President Trump’s Navigable Waters Protection Rule provided long-overdue certainty and clarity for landowners affected by the scope of WOTUS’s jurisdiction.
“The Obama Administration vastly expanded the scope and power of the federal government in order to regulate and punish rural America,” Miller said. “This bill keeps unelected Washington bureaucrats off our farms and sends a clear message to the radical leftists in the Biden Administration that we will not allow them to trample on our rights.”
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Congresswoman Mary Miller (Oakland, Ill.) represents Illinois’ 15th District in the United States House of Representatives covering 33 counties. She is a wife, mother, grandmother, farmer, and business manager. Mary serves on the House Committee on Agriculture and House Committee on Education & Labor. She joins 45 new Republican members elected to the House for the 117th session of Congress.
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Washington, DC 20515
Effingham, IL 62401
Harrisburg, IL 62946
Danville, IL 61832
Mary E. Miller (née Meyer; born August 27, 1959) is an American farmer and politician who is the U.S. representative from Illinois’s 15th congressional district. She is a member of the Republican Party and serves on the House Committee on Agriculture and the House Committee on Education & Labor. Her term began on January 3, 2021.
Early life and education
Born in Oak Park, Illinois, to Annette (Jesh) and Harvey Meyer, Miller graduated from Naperville Central High School in Naperville, Illinois. 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.
U.S. House of Representatives
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. She won the Republican Party nomination, the real contest in Illinois’s most Republican district, and won the general election with over 70% of the vote. She is the first Republican woman elected to represent Illinois in Congress since Judy Biggert left office in 2013. Miller focused her campaign on providing support to farming and bringing manufacturing back to Illinois.
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.” 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.
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. Miller had also been endorsed by Donald Trump; Davis had supported the ultimately unsuccessful formation of a January 6 commission in May 2021.
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.
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.”
Miller voted against the Respect for Marriage Act, which would codify Obergefell v. Hodges. She wrote in a 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.”
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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 Kyiv over the U.S. border with Mexico.
Middle East and Africa
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.
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 should have said “right to life”.
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.
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.
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.
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. 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.’”
A number of groups and politicians condemned the comment, criticized Miller, and urged the Republican party to do likewise. 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. U.S. representative Jan Schakowsky, U.S. senator Tammy Duckworth, and the Illinois legislative Jewish caucus called for Miller’s resignation. On January 14, Schakowsky said that she would introduce a measure to censure Miller. 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.
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. On January 8, Miller apologized for having quoted Hitler in the message, but accused critics of twisting her words.
Miller is married to fellow Republican politician Chris Miller. They own a farm in Oakland, near Charleston, where they grow grain and raise cattle. They have seven children and 17 grandchildren. He has served as a member of the Illinois House of Representatives since 2019, representing most of the district’s eastern portion. The Millers are members of Oakland Christian Church.
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