State Representative Patricia Billie Miller, a Stamford native, was first elected to the Connecticut General Assembly in 2008 to represent Stamford’s 145th Assembly District.
Pat rose through the leadership ranks and her current assignments include Assistant Majority Leader, and Bonding Subcommittee Chair of the Finance, Revenue & Bonding Committee. Additionally she serves as a member of the Education Committee and the Government Administration and Elections Committee.
Rep. Miller was appointed Deputy Speaker of the House in 2013, and served on the Appropriations Committee for four terms, assignments she left in order to take the new leadership roles she currently holds.
Through her tenure in the legislature, Pat has been a strong advocate for education reforms that help address and improve Connecticut’s education achievement gap. She has learned and seen firsthand the disproportion of students’ achievements and the role that literacy plays in their success or failure. She believes giving teachers the right tools to help them address disparities is a step in the right direction.
Rep. Miller took the lead in passing legislation aimed at creating a Reading Readiness Program at the State Department of Education (SDE) that will assess Alliance Districts and Commissioner’s Network Schools to determine if students are reading ready and to provide adequate support to the schools as it relates to performance and needs.
In addition to working on education issues, Pat has been a strong proponent of campaign finance reform and strengthening domestic violence laws.
Pat is proud to have championed a consumer friendly law in 2016 that allows customers to get cash refunds for their unused gift cards as a simple and fair solution when a gift card has less than three dollars remaining.
Prior to her election to the legislature, Pat spent her professional career in Affordable Housing for over 25 years and served on the Stamford Board of Representatives.
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