After 40 years of service, Congressman George Miller (D-CA) has announced that he will not seek a 21st term in Congress. Elected in 1974 at the age of 29, Miller has chaired the House Committee on Education & Workforce and currently serves as the Ranking Member. Miller has been a major force in education legislation, particularly in the reauthorization of Perkins and WIA. His efforts include working with now-Speaker John Boehner and the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy on the initial legislation for No Child Left Behind. One of his most lasting legacies will be his part in the 2010 Affordable Healthcare Act. In addition to Perkins reauthorization, Miller has made it clear that extending long-term unemployment insurance benefits and increasing the minimum wage are high on his “get it done” list. The 68-year-old legislator also has been influential in energy and environmental legislation.
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