Rep. Greg Miller seeks Senate District 19 Seat

Published 3:40 pm Tuesday, June 20, 2023

DESTREHAN — Gregory Miller, a Destrehan businessman and attorney, announced that he is a candidate for Louisiana State Senate District 19 in the upcoming October 14 election.

“I have worked to bring flood protection to our area, to be a good steward of your tax dollars and to stabilize our state’s finances, providing conservative leadership and supporting legislation that makes a positive impact in the lives of the hard-working families I am honored to represent,” he said. “As your state senator, I will continue to represent your values, to vote the way you would vote and always do what is in the best interest of our community. I humbly ask for your support and vote.”

The seat is being vacated by current Senator Gary Smith Jr., who is term limited and cannot seek re-election to the seat which covers all of St. Charles Parish, most of the East Bank of St. John the Baptist Parish, portions of Lafourche, including Kraemer, Gheens, Raceland, Mathews, Chackbay, Chocktaw, Choupique, including downtown Thibodaux, and a portion of Jefferson Parish, including some of Waggaman and Kenner.

Miller, who currently represents House District 56 – comprised of portions of St. Charles and St. John the Baptist parishes – is chairman of the House Committee on Civil Law and Procedure and serves on the House Select Leadership Committee. He previously served as chairman of the House and Governmental Affairs Committee. Additionally, Miller is an elected member of the Executive Committee of the Council of the Louisiana State Law Institute. He is a member of the legislature’s Republican and Acadiana Delegations and the Rural Caucus.

A lifelong resident of the district, Miller’s family roots go back nearly 300 years in the River Parishes. He attended Sacred Heart School of Norco, De La Salle High School, and then earned political science and law degrees from LSU.

After recent hurricanes devastated much of the area, Miller helped pass legislation to protect homeowners from unscrupulous contractors, allowing contracts to be cancelled within 10 days of signing. He successfully led efforts to prioritize and provide funding to further strengthen hurricane protection. Miller supports state programs to attract more insurance companies to Louisiana as part of an overall push to lower home insurance rates. He consistently supports and works to further enhance our business climate, which will attract better-paying jobs. Miller secured millions of dollars for local road and drainage system improvements and enhancements to recreational facilities.

“Good roads, hurricane protection and effective drainage are vital economic development tools as businesses and families consider these items when choosing where to locate,” Miller said. “More and better jobs mean more resources are available to grow our economy and strengthen our schools and communities without increasing taxes.”

Miller pointed to his continuous efforts to support law enforcement and public safety. He was honored by the Louisiana Sheriff’s Association with their Legislative Leadership Award and authored the “Becnel Survivor Notification Act,” that requires a 60-day warning to victims when a person convicted of a violent crime or sex offense is eligible for release from prison. Miller authored legislation creating a regional approach for the detention and housing of juveniles accused of crimes, which has been sent to the governor for his signature. “Criminals must be punished and just as important, those affected by crime must be protected,” he said. “Working together with citizens and members of the criminal justice system, I will continue efforts to further strengthen laws that fully secure the rights of crime victims.”

He has consistently supported higher funding for teachers and education, as well as increases for support personnel and cost of living increases for retired teachers. In each of his years of service in the House of Representatives, Miller has returned money to the state from his legislative office expense account.

Miller is a member of the Rotary Club of St. Charles Parish, the River Region Chamber of Commerce, and the Norco Civic Association. He is a past president and member of the St. Charles Bar Association, has served on the Board of Directors of the United Way of St. Charles and was named as Southeast Louisiana Legislative Champion by the charitable organization. He is a member of the New Orleans Bar Association and was a founding member of the St. Charles Historical Society.

Married 32 years to Tulane University music professor and professional singer, Amy Pfrimmer, who serves as a principal cantor at St. Louis Cathedral-Basilica, Miller attends St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Destrehan. He is a member of the Knights of Columbus-Red Church Council and has a 100% Pro-Life voting record with Louisiana Right to Life.

An avid outdoorsman and member of the Coastal Conservation Association and Ducks Unlimited, Miller hunts, fishes and has consistently voted to protect the rights of gun owners. He received an “A” rating and endorsements from the National Rifle Association for the 2015 and 2019 election cycles and was recently named a CCA Coastal Conservation Champion.

Miller received the Senator Russell B. Long Legislative Service Award from the Louisiana Child Support Enforcement Association for his legislative package addressing child support enforcement.  He was named Legislator of the Year by both the Fifth Circuit Judges Association and was recognized by the Louisiana Registrar of Voters Association for his legislation which significantly helped disabled voters to cast their votes with dignity. Miller earned an Outstanding Family Advocate Award from Louisiana Family Forum for which he received their esteemed Patrick Henry Award, and he received Louisiana Family Forum’s Family Advocate award multiple times for his support of family values.

He is consistently cited by legal publications for upholding the highest professional and ethical standards and is admitted to practice law in Louisiana and federal court. Miller is often called upon to lecture in the field of Civil Law and Procedure, including Successions and Wills and frequently donates his legal services and expertise to various churches, community organizations and individuals.

“It is an honor to serve as your voice in the Louisiana legislature,” Miller said. “I would sincerely appreciate the opportunity to continue to work with you and for you.”

For more information, visit the campaign’s web site at gregmiller.org.