Carol Miller: A Farmer and Politician Serving West Virginia
Carol Miller is an American farmer and politician who has represented West Virginia’s First Congressional District since 2019. The district covers the southern half of the state, including Huntington, Charleston, Bluefield, and Beckley. She is a member of the Republican Party and serves on the Committee on Ways and Means.
Miller was born in Columbus, Ohio, on November 4, 1950. She is the daughter of Samuel L. Devine, who served as a U.S. Representative from Ohio for 22 years. She earned a bachelor’s degree in history and political science from Columbia College in South Carolina. She married Matthew Miller in 1973 and moved to West Virginia, where they raised two children and run a bison farm.
Miller began her political career in 2004, when she ran for the West Virginia House of Delegates in District 15. She lost the general election that year, but won in 2006 and was reelected five times. She represented District 15 from 2007 to 2013, and District 16 from 2013 to 2019. She was the first Republican woman to serve as the House Majority Whip.
In 2018, Miller ran for the U.S. House of Representatives in West Virginia’s Third Congressional District, which was vacated by Evan Jenkins, who ran for the U.S. Senate. She won the Republican primary with 23.5% of the vote, defeating six other candidates. She then faced Democrat Richard Ojeda, a state senator and former Army officer, in the general election. Miller won with 56.4% of the vote, becoming the first woman to represent West Virginia in Congress since Shelley Moore Capito in 2015.
As a member of Congress, Miller has focused on creating jobs, diversifying the economy, innovating and improving infrastructure, protecting America’s borders, and supporting West Virginia’s energy industries like coal, natural gas, and oil. She has also introduced bills to stimulate domestic manufacturing of drugs and pharmaceutical supplies, to prevent U.S. dependence on China and other foreign adversaries, and to save gig economy taxpayers from burdensome reporting requirements.
Miller is a member of several congressional caucuses, including the Congressional Coal Caucus, the Congressional Steel Caucus, the Congressional Western Caucus, the Republican Study Committee, and the Republican Women’s Policy Committee.
Miller lives in Huntington with her husband Matthew. They have two children and five grandchildren.
Miller has been a vocal supporter of former President Donald Trump and his policies. She voted against the impeachment of Trump in 2019 and 2021, and objected to the certification of the 2020 presidential election results in some states. She also voted against the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package proposed by President Joe Biden.
Miller has faced criticism from some of her constituents and opponents for her stance on health care, environmental issues, and social justice. She voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act in 2017, and has opposed the expansion of Medicaid in West Virginia. She has also supported the rollback of environmental regulations and the withdrawal from the Paris Agreement on climate change. She has denounced the Black Lives Matter movement and the protests against police brutality and racial injustice.
Despite the controversies, Miller remains popular among many voters in her district, which is one of the most conservative and rural in the country. She won reelection in 2020 with 69.8% of the vote, defeating Democrat Hilary Turner, a progressive activist and musician. She has said that she will continue to fight for the interests and values of West Virginians in Congress.