Nevada’s longest serving Governor, Bob Miller has spoken domestically and internationally on tourism as an economic engine for governments, and on topics facing the nation’s state governments. He has served in various offices of the National Governors Association, including as Chairman from 1996-1997, and was appointed by President Clinton to the Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations from 1993-1998. Having served as a police officer, police attorney, deputy district attorney, justice of the peace and elected district attorney in Las Vegas, he was also selected in 1982 as one of nine members of President Regan’s Task Force on Victims of Crime.Miller was selected by his peers to serve as President of the National District Attorneys Association during the term 1983-1984. A recognized expert on the issue, he has spoken frequently about the need for criminal justice reforms.
Born in Chicago, Illinois, Bob Miller arrived in Las Vegas with his family at age 10—long before the city was recognizable as the place it is today. The son of a gaming pioneer—who started out as bookmaker and business acquaintance of some very dubious criminal types and ended up a respectable businessman and a partner and eventually Chairman of the Board of the Riviera Hotel and Casino—Miller was directed away from the glamor of Las Vegas tourism toward a more traditional upbringing and an early career in law enforcement.
While studying law at Loyola Law School, Miller worked during consecutive summers as a police officer for the Los Angeles and Las Vegas Sheriff’s offices, returning after graduation to Las Vegas to help enable the launch of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. After joining the District Attorney’s Office, and later as a lower court judge, Miller became especially aware of the trauma of child abuse and the disparity between the rights of the accused with those of the victim. Mr. Miller went on to serve as Clark County’s District Attorney, and then on to the state capital as Lieutenant Governor of Nevada.
Miller became Governor of Nevada in 1989. During his ten years in office, he transformed the Nevada economy by paving the way for infrastructure improvements—allowing for the construction of twenty of the largest hotels ever built; achieved a more efficient government while at the same time promoting more women to executive manager levels than any predecessor; and led the movement for Las Vegas to become the meeting capital of the world. During Miller’s term, the convention capacity of Nevada grew from just under one million to over seven million square feet—and by the time he left office in 1999, Nevada was served via non-stop air by foreign carriers from Tokyo, Hong Kong, Frankfurt, Dusseldorf, Cologne, Brussels, London, Manchester, Mexico City and all major cities in Canada.
After leaving office, Mr. Miller specialized in business-to-public-sector relationship-building at all levels of government. He was invited by President Clinton to serve as Ambassador to Argentina, a post he declined for his family, and was placed by the U.S. State Department in select technical assistance consultations with the economic and finance ministries of countries including the republics of Bulgaria, Georgia and the Russian Federation. After helping persuade Clinton to be the first U.S. President to visit Bulgaria, Miller was designated Honorary Consul General for the Republic of Bulgaria.
Miller is a past president of the International Association of Gaming Advisors (IAGA) and has spoken internationally, at the Russian real estate market conference in Moscow (2007), as well as at numerous tourism conferences and gaming conferences in Bulgaria. He is married with three children, the eldest of whom is Ross Miller, the current Secretary of State of Nevada. Miller holds a juris doctorate degree from Loyola Law School, and a bachelor of arts in political science from Santa Clara University, as well as several honorary degrees.
Son of a Gambling Man
My Journey from a Casino Family to the Governor's Mansion
Thomas Dunne Books
A warm family memoir, the story of a city heir, with just a little bit of The Godfather and Casino thrown in for spice, Son of a Gambling Man is a unique and thoroughly memorable story.