Rep. Dan Miller's Biography
As the eldest child of immigrant parents, 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 injury, he found another way to engage in service. As a Team Leader in the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corp, he led a team of young people working on community projects across the Mid-Atlantic. Dan earned undergraduate degrees in education and history and became a certified secondary educator. He later graduated with a law degree from Catholic University, where he also ran their public interest auction, was given a community service award, and served as 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 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 served the community on boards of such local institutions as Outreach Teen and Family Center, the 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 Education Committee as the Co-Chair of the Sub-Committee on Special Education, on the Judiciary Committee as Secretary, and as a member of the Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness, Human Services, and Children & Youth committees. Dan also works as Co-Chair of the Autism and Intellectual Disabilities Caucus, and on the At-Risk Children, Government Reform, Early Childhood Education, LGBT Equality, Steel, and Fire/EMS caucuses.
As state representative, Dan has received awards for his advocacy for people with disabilities from Achieva, The Peal Center, and the Rehabilitation and Community Providers Association, and he has been awarded a lifetime membership in the PTA.