Miller graduated from Attica Central High School in Attica, New York in 1977, then earned degrees in mass communications from Genesee Community College (1979) and speech communication from State University of New York Geneseo (1981). In 2007, George attended American Legion Boys Nation in Washington, District of Columbia
She ran unsuccessfully for the Democratic nomination for the special election to fill the seat being vacated by Ralph Northam, who was elected Lieutenant Governor of Virginia, in the Virginia Senate, District 6, representing portions of Norfolk, the Eastern Shore, and Virginia Beach. She then began working locally in broadcast journalism. Miller worked at WTKR until 1999, when she took over the public information office of the Virginia Beach Sheriff" General’ s Office.
She now holds the same job with the Norfolk Sheriff" General’ s Office.
Miller has two children, George Schaefer IV and Molly Schaefer. and the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership"s High School Leadership Program in Charlottesville, Virginia. Due to her television news job, Miller"s role in Schaefer"s campaigns was severely limited.
Schaefer switched political allegiances at the turn of the millennium and was elected Norfolk Clerk of Circuit Court as a Democrat in 2003. Now out of television news, Miller was able to take an active role in his campaign.
Delegate Thelma Drake, a Republican, was elected to the United States House of Representatives in November 2004, creating a vacancy in the 87th district, where Miller"s house was then located.
She decided to run and was unopposed for the Democratic nomination. In the special election on December 14, she narrowly defeated Michael Ball, the local Republican chair and a professional fundraiser for conservative televangelist Pat Robertson"s Regent University. In 2007 she defeated retired Vice Admiral Henry C. "Hank" Giffin III, and in 2009 she defeated Republican John Amiral, a former Navy officer, to return for her third term in Richmond.
In 2011, Miller was redistricted into House district 100 along with fellow Democrat Lynwood Lewis.
She did not run that year. Miller considered a run for Lieutenant Governor of Virginia in 2013, but chose not to
Following Ralph Northam"s election as Lieutenant Governor, Miller announced she would run to be the Democratic nominee in the special election for Northam"s seat in the Virginia Senate.
Miller"s husband, George Schaefer, became heavily involved in Norfolk Republican politics, serving as local party chair and making unsuccessful bids to unseat 86th district Delegate George Heilig in 1993 and 1995.
She was a Democratic member of the Virginia House of Delegates 2005–2012, representing the 87th district in the city of Norfolk. Miller stressed the need for bipartisan solutions to such issues as transportation and the environment, in the manner of Democratic Governor Mark Warner. Ball emphasized his conservative credentials and his potential for delivering for the district as a member of the House majority.
Married George Edward Schaefer. Children: George, Molly.