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Profession

Category:
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
State Senator
State Assemblyman

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Cake (Pineapple Upside Down)
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Africa
Favorite Quote:
Never Allow Your Greatest Accomplishment Become Your Highest Achievement in Life.

Birthplace

Born:
4/6/1949
Birth Location:
Hampton, Virginia

Profession

Category:
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
State Senator
State Assemblyman

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Cake (Pineapple Upside Down)
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Africa
Favorite Quote:
Never Allow Your Greatest Accomplishment Become Your Highest Achievement in Life.

Birthplace

Born:
4/6/1949
Birth Location:
Hampton
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Biography

Retired State Senator Ray Miller was born in Hampton, Virginia on April 6, 1949. Miller graduated from East High School in Columbus, Ohio. He then attended Ohio State University and graduated with his B.S. degree in political science and his M.A. degree in public administration in 1971 and 1973, respectively. Miller was hired as the vice president for Columbus State Community College from 1975 to 1978. In 1976, he was appointed assistant director of legislation for the American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees union (AFSCME)/Ohio Council 8. Miller then worked as a deputy special assistant to President Jimmy Carter from 1979 to 1980. After working for the White House, he returned to his vice president post at Columbus State Community College from 1975 to 1978. Miller returned to the post again from 1981 to 1986 and finally from 1987 to 1993. He was elected to the Ohio State House of Representatives in 1981 and again in 1998. In all, Miller served sixteen years in the Ohio House of Representatives, becoming dean of the state legislative body during his tenure. Miller was also appointed president of the National Urban Policy Institute in 1997 and president/CEO of the Professional Employment Services of America, a year later.

In 2003, he was elected to the Ohio State Senate, becoming the fourteenth African American elected to the Ohio Senate in the state's 205-year history. Miller also served as the minority whip of the Senate before his retirement in 2010. During his tenure as state senator, Miller was chief sponsor for legislation that helped to create the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services, the Community Mental Health Act of 1988 and the Ohio Commission on Minority Health, where he served as founder and chairman. Additionally, Miller is regarded as the "Father of Head Start Funding" in Ohio because of his sponsorship of legislation that established the nation's first state-level funding for the Head Start Program.

Miller also authored legislation which established the Institute for Urban Education at Central State University. He also established a 25% set aside for minority health programs from Ohio's $10 billion Tobacco Settlement Agreement. Miller is also the chief sponsor of legislation that led to the creation of the Ohio African-American Hall of Fame.

He has garnered numerous awards for his service, including Trailblazer Award from the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus; International Pathfinder Award from the World Congress on the Family; a Distinguished Legislator of the Year Award from the American Public Health Association and the President’s Award from the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Miller is the president of The Center for Urban Progress in Columbus, Ohio. He and his wife, Marty, have one son, Ray III.

Raymond Miller was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on April 2, 2012.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Ray Miller's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Ray Miller lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Ray Miller describes Hampton, Virginia as his mother's birth place
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Ray Miller describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Ray Miller talks about his mother's extended family in Hampton, Virginia
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Ray Miller describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Ray Miller talks about his father, Inus Ray Miller, Sr.
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Ray Miller talks about how his father may not have been his father and moving frequently as a child
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Ray Miller describes his relationship with his father after his parents' divorce
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Ray Miller recounts how his parents may have met, and his relationships with them
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Ray Miller recalls his mother, Inez Smith Miller's second marriage to George Emerson
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Ray Miller recalls his earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Ray Miller describes growing up on a U.S. Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Ray Miller recalls the sights, sounds, and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Ray Miller lists the schools he attended in Hampton, Virginia; Wichita Falls, Texas; and Columbus, Ohio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Ray Miller describes being an introverted child
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Ray Miller describes the musical talent in his family
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Ray Miller talks about Columbus, Ohio's jazz scene
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Ray Miller recalls his years at Fair Avenue Elementary School in Columbus, Ohio, and attending the National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Ray Miller remembers President John F. Kennedy and his 1963 assassination
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Ray Miller recalls the 1963 March on Washington, and his mother's preoccupations with attending church and playing the lottery
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Ray Miller recounts how he became involved in the Federal Model Cities Program's Model Neighborhood Assembly in Columbus, Ohio
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Ray Miller describes working with the Columbus Metropolitan Area Community Action Agency
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Ray Miller remembers his involvement with the Columbus Metropolitan Area Community Action Agency, and his boxing coach's mentorship
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Ray Miller describes his interests in middle and high school, and losing his brother to leukemia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Ray Miller talks about deciding to attend Kent State University in Kent, Ohio
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Ray Miller recalls classism at East High School in Columbus, Ohio
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Ray Miller recounts his suspension from Columbus, Ohio's East High School, and the intervention of his band teacher
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Ray Miller lists some of the musicians and groups he knew while playing with the Four Mints band in Columbus, Ohio
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Ray Miller talks about the basketball team at East High School in Columbus, Ohio
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Ray Miller recalls enrolling in Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio and pledging Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Ray Miller describes the African American student community at Ohio State University in Columbus
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Ray Miller recalls helpful advisors he had at Ohio State University in Columbus
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Ray Miller recounts confronting National Guardsmen at Ohio State University in Columbus, at the time of the Kent State University shooting
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Ray Miller remembers John Evans and other African American leaders at Ohio State University during the late 1960s
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Ray Miller recounts a student strike at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Ray Miller recounts his decision to attend graduate school for public administration at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Ray Miller recalls his Ohio state legislative fellowship in 1971 with Majority Leader Rep. William Mallory and Majority Whip Rep. Richard F. Celeste
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Ray Miller recounts being snubbed by the Black Elected Democrats of Ohio
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Ray Miller describes the mentorship of Ohio State Representative C.J. McLin
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Ray Miller describes working for AFSCME, a government employees' union, and at Columbus State Community College
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Ray Miller recalls the 1979 Columbus Board of Education v. Penick court decision on school desegregation
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Ray Miller reflects upon the positive and negative effects of school desegregation in Columbus, Ohio
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Ray Miller describes working for AFSCME, a government employees' union
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Ray Miller recounts accepting the position as Director of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Ray Miller recalls working with President Jimmy Carter and the Congressional Black Caucus, including HistoryMakers U.S. Congressmen Charles Rangel and Louis Stokes
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Ray Miller talks about representing President Jimmy Carter and making deals with members of the U.S. Congress
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Ray Miller recalls his dealings with Ron Brown, who represented Senator Edward Kennedy
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Ray Miller recalls bringing HistoryMaker Dick Gregory to the White House to talk about the Iranian Hostage Crisis, pt. 1
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Ray Miller recalls bringing HistoryMaker Dick Gregory to the White House to talk about the Iranian Hostage Crisis, pt. 2
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Ray Miller reflects upon Jimmy Carter administration's relationship with the African American community
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Ray Miller compares HistoryMaker Andrew Young and Jimmy Carter
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Ray Miller recalls preparing to leave the White House after Jimmy Carter's 1980 electoral defeat
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Ray Miller talks about what the presidential administration of HistoryMaker Barack Obama has done for African Americans in politics, pt. 1
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - Ray Miller talks about what the presidential administration of HistoryMaker Barack Obama has done for African Americans in politics, pt. 2