Rob Miller

Name: Rob Miller

Age: 36

Political party: Democrat

Years living in area: 14 years in 2nd District, five years in Beaufort

Family: Shane McCrary Miller, wife; one son, 8

Education: B.A., criminal justice, University of South Carolina; Masters in Justice Administration, Norwich University

Current occupation/employer: Self-employed small business owner, the Recruit's Depot

Employment, military and volunteer history: U.S. Marine Corps, 13 years; enlisted in 1994, became an officer in 2001; left the Marine Corps as a captain. As the sergeant at arms for American Legion Post 9 in Beaufort, I volunteer with the Red Cross at Marine Corps Depot Parris Island educating families on the Red Cross' role in emergency contact during deployments.

Public elected offices: None

Any unsuccessful political campaigns: U.S. House of Representatives, 2008

Other political and government experience: None

Endorsements received: American Federation of Teachers; National Education Association

Campaign money raised: $2,523,406 through June 30, according to Federal Election Commission

Campaign contribution information: Go to http://query.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/can_detail/H8SC02080

1. Why should people vote for you?

My life has been about selfless service. I twice led troops in combat in Iraq, and I learned the importance of hard work from an early age. After my father died, I went to work washing dishes to help support my family and learned the value of a dollar. In Congress, I will always remember that I am working for the people of the 2nd District, not Wall Street or Washington special interests. My number-one focus will be creating jobs and getting South Carolina back to work.

2. What are the three most important issues you would address if elected and how would you address them?

Jobs. The 2nd District needs a full-time employee responsible for helping small businesses. A hometown tax credit that will provide a 20-percent tax credit to businesses that expand their payroll and hire additional workers. Permanently extend the research-and-development tax credit. Extending the Bush tax cuts. Increase lending to small businesses by establishing a $30 billion fund from bailout funds repaid to the federal government. The fund will support small business lending through community and smaller banks. Cut red tape at the Small Business Administration by conducting a top-to-bottom review. Create the Carolina Fund -- a venture capital fund to promote innovation and job growth. Expand technical school programs and community colleges by working across party lines to secure federal grants and loans. Equipping churches and other community organizations to teach workplace skills.

Restoring faith in government. Cutting congressional pay by 10 percent until our budget is balanced, and I will return any pay increase to the U.S. Treasury until we accomplish that goal. Slashing discretionary spending by 5 percent. Reforming the earmark process to enhance transparency and accountability. Requiring lobbyists to disclose contact they have with members of Congress and their staffs. Extending the "cooling off" period before former members of Congress can lobby. Reforming Congressional perks and per diems.

Scrapping unfair trade deals like NAFTA and CAFTA. Working men and women in South Carolina are capable of great things, but too many of our employers have been forced into layoffs or closure, even before the current economic crisis. Unfair trade deals like CAFTA and NAFTA sent our jobs overseas. It's time to re-open these treaties and write them in a way that protects working families.

3. What other issues do you see as important?

Honoring our troops and veterans by providing them with the care and resources they deserve. Improving education for our children and post-secondary education for adults.

4. What specific steps will you take to make government more open and accessible to the public?

My Restoring Faith in Government plan will shed light on the way Washington does business. The plan will:

  • Reform the earmark process to enhance transparency and accountability.
  • Require lobbyists to disclose contact they have with members of Congress and their staffs.
  • Extend the "cooling off" period before former members of Congress can lobby.
  • Reform congressional perks.
  • Reform congressional per diems.
  • 5. Have you ever been convicted of a crime (felony), been disciplined by a professional licensing board or organization or had an ethics violation filed against you? If so, please give details.


    6. Have you ever filed for bankruptcy, been delinquent on your federal, state or local taxes? If so, please give the details.


    7. Are there any personal details about yourself that voters would be interested in knowing?

    In the Marine Corps, I was referred to as a "mustang." A mustang is an officer who was promoted from the enlisted ranks. I enlisted as a private and attended boot camp at Parris Island. Later, as a sergeant, I was selected for a highly competitive commissioning program that led to my becoming an officer.