Rep. Dan Miller
42nd Legislative District
Allegheny County
Biography

As the eldest child of Italian and English immigrants, Dan was the first member of his family born in America. Raised by a single mom from an early age, finances were often challenging. Even so, his family instilled in him a strong appreciation and recognition of the special opportunities America offers. As a result, Dan has made public service an important part of his life.

He enlisted in the Army National Guard after high school. While his military service was cut short due to a severe ankle injury, he found another way to engage in national service. As a Team Leader in the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corp, he led a team of young people in community-building projects throughout the Mid-Atlantic. Dan earned undergraduate degrees in education and history and became a certified secondary educator.

Later he graduated with a law degree from Catholic University, where he ran the public interest auction, was given a community service award for his volunteer efforts, and was executive editor of their communications journal. Upon passing the bar Dan decided to serve the community again as a public defender focusing on juveniles and later as a county solicitor where he worked to make sure kids were safe in their homes and received a proper education.

Dan and his wife Kim moved to Mt. Lebanon in 2002 where he joined the Mt. Lebanon Fire Department as a volunteer firefighter. In 2011, he was awarded the Medal of Merit for his attempt to save the life of a three-year-old child from a devastating house fire. He went on to be elected as a municipal commissioner, and has volunteered to serve on such local boards as Outreach Teen and Family Center, Center for Theater Arts, and the Hollywood Theater in Dormont.

Dan was elected to the House of Representatives in 2013 and currently serves on the Children and Youth, State Government, and Aging & Older Adults committees as well as on several caucuses including Autism, At Risk Children & Families, Intellectual Disabilities, Government Reform, Steel, LGBT Equality, and Fire/EMS Caucuses.