George Miller announces re-election campaign

After Pete Stark, Mike Honda and Barbara Lee did so yesterday, Rep. George Miller, D-Martinez, announced his re-election bid today.

Miller, now the 7th Congressional District’s representative, will run in what will soon be called the 11th Congressional District, encompassing San Pablo, Richmond, El Cerrito, Kensington, a small part of Martinez south of Highway 4, Concord, Clayton, Pittsburg, Lafayette, Moraga, Orinda, Danville, Blackhawk-Camino Tassajara, Alamo, Walnut Creek, Pleasant Hill, and part of Antioch.

“I was born and raised in Contra Costa County and have lived here my whole life,” Miller said in his news release. “Some parts of this district I already represent and others I have previously represented. I love this community and believe that there is so much we can do together to create jobs at home, strengthen our local economy, improve our public education system, and make our communities more livable. I appreciate the support this community has shown for me and the job I am doing in Congress, and I look forward to continuing our strong relationship.”

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • Elwood

    Oh God, I am so thrilled that once again Gorgeous George will be my representative.

    The ******* has no shame.

    36 years in Congress and now he’s going for 38.

    Never had a real job in his life, doesn’t care a rat’s hind quarters about his district and thinks that he rules by fiat.

  • Patty O’Day

    Well, why not after the Redistricting Commission handed him his new district on a silver platter? Talk about gerrymandering!

  • lonewolf

    OUT with the Rascal.

  • Another Voice

    An empty suit who has never worked a day in his life; the stereotypical progressive who has never met a tax he didn’t like. What a jerk! Hey George, don’t forget to get your picture with the Hopeless and Clueless Obama.

  • John W

    “Talk about gerrymandering”

    How so? Isn’t Miller’s current district more favorable to him than the new one? The new Contra Costa district doesn’t even include his hometown of Martinez and includes most of the San Ramon Valley, to which Miller has no ties. I’m extremely disappointed the new district cuts off San Ramon, which puts me in Stark’s district. They should have combined all of West County with Berkeley,as they did in the first draft, which would have made it possible to keep San Ramon in. But I hardly think the bipartisan commission gerrymandered based on party registration.

  • Publius

    The pig returns to the trough.

  • DanvilleDemocrat

    Generally agree with John W … the Tri-Valley — including Livermore-Dublin-Pleasanton along with San Ramon Valley plus Walnut Creek — should be in one congressional district.

    Funny, the commenters who dislike “Gorgeous George” were probably the same ones who supported the redistricting commission in the first place! Joke’s on them, I guess.

  • Ralph Hoffmann

    I’m thrilled you’ll be representing me in Congress, George. Think about moving your main District office to John’s current location in downtown Walnut Creek.

  • RR, Senile Columnist

    I’d be thrilled if Mr Miller moved his main office to the Heather Farms pond.

  • Liberal

    John, the commission split Martinez (splitting the county seat: why?), roughly at HWY4, with the northern portion thrown in with Solano County and Thompson’s district; the southern portion, where Miller happens to live, will be in this new 11th district.

  • John W


    Interesting. Thanks for the clarification. I’m glad you said “in this new district,” rather than in “his” new district. I have nothing against Mr. Miller, but some of the commenting on these new districts makes it seem as though it’s almost automatic as to who will represent them. With the open primary, the fact that much of the new district has no history with Miller, and the more moderate (Tauscher-like) character of the district, you would think there might be opportunities for new blood to shake up the old guard a bit.

  • Ralph Hoffmann

    John W,

    Tauscher voted to invade Iraq. Miller and GOP Presidential candidate Ron Paul voted against invading Iraq. The Lafayette Crosses and the MtDP&J are now in Miller’s new District. Half of the Federal Budget is Military. Half of the World’s Military expenses are by the USA. All this for a dozen terrorists!

  • Common Tater

    A dozen terrorists can murder a million people. You think not?

  • John W

    Ralph Hoffman,

    My own opinions of Miller or Tauscher aside, I was simply observing that the makeup of the district Miller will now run to represent is decidedly less-Left and more independent than his current district. He’ll undoubtedly have huge financial and union backing advantages over anybody who might decide to run against him. But I suspect a strong, centrist-minded Democrat or Republican (if there are any centrists left) could survive the open primary and run a strong race in the general election.

  • lars54

    The 11th Congressional district is a lot differnt than the 7th, that’s for sure. If Miller is elected he will be representing Alamo, Danville, BlackHawk, Walnut Creek, Orinda, Moraga, Lafayette, and Clayton. That doesn’t look like George Miller country to me, I’m guessing Obama Care isn’t real popular in these upscale enclaves. The George Miller I know is a fiery liberal with a passion for social justice, so he appears to be a fish out of water in this district.

  • Rick K.

    Tauscher did vote to invade Iraq, as Ralph H. reminds us. Whenever constituents asked Congresswoman Tauscher tough questions about her support for the Iraq war, she got belligerent with them and implied that they were dim-witted. If YouTube had existed a few years earlier, her State Dept. appointment would have never happened because people everywhere would’ve seen how “undiplomatic” actually is in confrontational situations. Her Iraq War vote must be held to a higher standard because she served on the House National Security Committee in 2002 and she presumably had the best information, yet she was the only California Democrat on that committee (of three) who voted for the war. That war-monger owes her State Dept. post solely to the fact that she is a “Friend of Hillary.”