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James C. Miller III  

Economist, former chairman of the Federal Trade Commission & budget director for President Ronald Reagan

James C. Miller III is Senior Advisor to Blackwell Sanders Peper Martin, LLP. He is also a Distinguished Fellow of the Center for Study of Public Choice at George Mason University, a Distinguished Fellow of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, and a Senior Fellow (by courtesy) of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. In addition, he is a member of the Board of Directors of Americans for Prosperity and is a member of the emeritus boards of the Tax Foundation and the Progress and Freedom Foundation. In 2003 he was appointed by President Bush to be a member of the board of governors of the U.S. Postal Service, was later confirmed by the U.S. Senate, in 2005 was elected chairman, and was re-elected in 2006. Moreover, Miller is a member of the board of Independence Air, where he is chairman of the audit committee, a member of the board of Washington Mutual Investors Fund, where he also is chairman of he audit committee, a member of the board of the Tax-Exempt Fund of Maryland, a member of the board of the Tax-Exempt Fund of Virginia, a member of the board of the JPMorgan Value Opportunities Fund, a member of the board and chairman of the audit committee of Clean Energy, Inc., and is a consultant to Freddie Mac.

From 2002 until 2006, Miller served as chairman (or chairman emeritus) of The CapAnalysis Group, a consulting arm of the international law firm, Howrey, LLP. Jim is frequently called on to comment on public issues. He has appeared on the Today Show, CBS Morning News, Good Morning America, Meet the Press, Face the Nation, This Week, Inside Edition, MacNeil-Lehrer NewsHour, Crossfire, Inside Politics, Inside Edition, Late Edition, Kudlow-Cramer, and Wall Street Week. His opinion pieces have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, Washington Times, USA Today, Investors Business Daily, and other major newspapers.

He has also been an occasional commentator for Marketplace Radio.

In 1994, Miller was a candidate for the Republican nomination to the U.S. Senate from Virginia, losing a close race to Col. Ollie North at the state party's convention in June. In 1996, once again Miller was a candidate for the Republican nomination to the U.S. Senate, losing to incumbent Sen. John Warner in the June primary. In 1998, he was treasurer of his wife’s campaign to represent Virginia’s 8th Congressional district (winning the primary but losing the general election) and assisted her with another (losing) run for the same office in 2000.

From October 1985 to October 1988, Miller was Director of the Office of Management and Budget, was a member of President Reagan's Cabinet, and was a member of the National Security Council. From October 1981 to October 1985, he was Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission. And from January 1981 to October 1981, he was Administrator for Information and Regulatory Affairs at OMB, where, among other things, he set up President Reagan's program of regulatory relief. The holder of a B.B.A. in economics (University of Georgia, 1964) and a Ph.D. in economics (University of Virginia, 1969), Miller is the author of over 100 articles in professional journals and is the author, co-author, or editor of nine books, the most recent of which is Monopoly Politics, published in 1999 by the Hoover Press at Stanford University.

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