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John Ripin Miller, American former federal agency administrator, congressman. Bar: Washington. Recipient Humanitarian award, Discovery Institute, 2004. Member Washington State Bar Association.


Miller, John Ripin was born on May 23, 1938 in New York City.


He graduated with a BA from Bucknell University in 1959 and served as an Army Infantry officer on active duty in 1960 and later in the U.S. Army Reserves.


He represented the 1st congressional district of Washington as a Republican. While in Congress he championed human rights in the Soviet Union, China and South Africa. Miller received his LL.B. from Yale Law School and an MA in Economics from Yale Graduate School in 1964.

Miller did not run for re-election in 1992. Prior to being elected congressman, he was active in state and municipal governments, serving as assistant attorney general for Washington. Vice president and legal counsel for the Washington Environmental Council.

And Seattle City Councilman (1972–1979). Miller's first campaign for the City Council was tied to saving the Pike Place Market and while on the Council he oversaw the rehabilitation of the Market. He founded Seattle's urban P-Patch program, a gardening allotment program that was first of its kind in the nation which As of 2016 includes at least 90 sites.

Miller led the Council in rejecting Seattle's entry into Washington Public Power Supply System nuclear plants 4 and 5 which later went bankrupt, and unsuccessfully sought the demolition of the Alaska Way Viaduct separating Seattle's downtown from its waterfront. Miller served as the director, Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons for the U.S. State Department, with the rank of Ambassador-at-Large, starting in 2002. He sought to increase public awareness of modern day slavery and nurture a world wide abolitionist movement with the United States in the lead.

Miller resigned effective December 15, 2006, to join the faculty of George Washington University. He later taught at Yale University and was named a Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Governmental Studies at the University of California in Berkeley. Miller serves as a distinguished senior fellow in international affairs and human rights with the Discovery Institute.

Prior to his time at State, he had served as the chair of the Institute, and was an English teacher at Northwest Yeshiva High School in Mercer Island, Washington.


  • Bar: Washington.


Member Washington State Bar Association.


M. June Marion Hamula.