Husband, Father and U.S. Army Veteran
Tim Miller is a U.S. Army Veteran, small business owner and Member of the MN House of Representatives (District 17A). He lives with his wife Cherie and their family in the town of Prinsburg in Kandiyohi County. Family means everything to the Millers - Tim and Cherie have been blessed with a blended family of seven children and four grandchildren, their first priority in life. The parents of a son who is on the Autism spectrum, they together take challenges head on, and are active in several charitable and support based organizations, including Peer Connect - a group for parents with autistic children; Heartland Girls Ranch of Benson - a home for troubled girls; and the Bethany Christian Services adoption agency.
A proud graduate of the University of Iowa, Tim joined the Army Reserves while in college. As a legal specialist in the Army Reserves, Tim assisted the Staff Judge Advocate with legal issues and wartime training. During his service, Tim earned an Army Commendation Medal for division training in Germany, multiple Army Achievement medals for required duties, achieved expert ranking in multiple weapons, and graduated from the Light Fighter Academy in Air Assault. Tim’s military career ended with an honorable discharge upon completion of his enlistment, and as an elected official he’s fought for legislative action to protect and support our veterans.
A lifelong entrepreneur, Tim owned a painting contracting company after college called Signature Painting. Continuing that entrepreneurial drive, Tim currently runs his own consulting firm, Development Partners, that assists corporate and non-profit entities with strategic development needs.
A Conservative Leader in the Minnesota House
First elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2014, Tim ran for public office because he believes we all have a role and responsibility to serve our country. He ran unsuccessfully in 2012 against a DFL incumbent who was up for his third term (a seat held by the DFL for nearly two decades), but Miller went on to handily defeat him in 2014 with more than 55% of the vote. Tim was honored to be re-elected by his constituents in 2016 with 59% ballot support.
In the MN House, Miller has fought consistently on behalf of his constituents. As Vice Chair of the Agriculture Finance Committee, Tim successfully led efforts to roll back burdensome state regulations that have gotten in the way of agribusiness. Notably, he stood up against legislation backed by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency that have resulted in devastating regulatory restraints on the sugar beet and ethanol industries. Miller was the chief author of the Rural Finance Authority bill that received unanimous bipartisan support and was signed into law by Governor Dayton in February, 2017. The author of the Agriculture Cooperative Health Plan, this legislation provides insurance to farmers through their cooperatives, affording our hardworking agriculture industry the ability to ascertain health insurance in the aftermath of the market collapse in Minnesota.
Fighting on behalf of anti-sex trafficking legislation, Miller was the lead author on two separate bills, one focusing solely on efforts to assist children, and another for adults, who are suffering as a result of the abhorrent sex trafficking trade that continues to plague the state of Minnesota and our nation.
When running for the MN House, Miller earned the endorsements across the political spectrum, including the Minnesota Farm Bureau, National Federation of Independent Business, the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, the National Rifle Association, Minnesota Concerned Citizens for Life, the Minnesota Corn Growers, Farm Credit Services, Minnesota State Cattleman's Association, Agrigrowth, the Minnesota Soybean Growers and the Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative.
It’s Time to Fight for Rural Minnesota’s Future
The continuation of “business as usual” by those elected to serve rural Minnesota is not good enough anymore. Our families, children and the entirety of our hardworking population desperately deserve representation who will fight on their behalf – and put policy ahead of insider politics. Rural Minnesota has been left behind for reasons we can fix. To move us forward, it’s going to require fresh leadership and public servants who will fight for our future.
Tim believes it’s time for rural Minnesota to reclaim their place by electing representatives who will do more to grow our agriculture industry, but also diversify and invest to create higher-paying jobs, improve education by getting government out of the way and allow for more choice. He believes we need to put a stop to burdensome regulations and red tape that have killed economic growth at all levels, support conservative principles like protecting life at all stages, and fix our health care crisis once and for all.
With the tenacity of a U.S. Army veteran, the economic experience of a successful small business owner and as the proud father of seven children and four grandchildren, Tim is dedicated to fighting for rural Minnesotans. This means supporting public policy reforms that will allow rural Minnesota to rise and reclaim its position as a state, national and global leader in the industries that have made our region so tremendous, while also focusing on opportunities that will result in much needed innovation and job creation.