Representative Jack Richard Miller View All Years

Compiled Historical Information
Date of Death: 8/29/1994
Party Affiliation: Republican
Assemblies Served:
Senate: 57 (1957) - 58 (1959)
House: 56 (1955)
Home County: Woodbury
Jack Richard Miller
Woodbury County


Jack Miller was born in Chicago on June 6, 1916, and died quietly at his home in Temple Terrace, Florida, on August 29, 1994. Mr. Miller was interred with full military honors in Arlington Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia.

Jack Miller served in elective office for a total of 17 years at the state and national levels. Mr. Miller’s political career began in 1954 when he was elected to the Iowa House of Representatives from his home district of Woodbury County, Sioux City, Iowa. Mr. Miller held the following elective offices: State Representative to the Iowa House, one term 1955-56 during the 56th General Assembly. He served as Iowa State Senator for two terms in 1957-1960 during the 57th and 58th General Assemblies. Mr Miller, a republican, was known as a fiscal conservative. The Honorable Mr. Miller served as a United States Senator from Iowa. First elected in 1960 and re-elected in 1966, he served in the United States Senate from January 3, 1961, to January 3, 1973.

In 1972, Mr. Miller received the first Distinguished Service Award of the National Water Resources Congress.

Mr. Miller served as an associate judge of the U.S. Court of Customs and Appeals in Washington, D.C. from 1973-1982. In October 1982, the U.S. Court of Customs and Appeals merged with the U.S. Court of Claims to form the Federal Circuit. Mr. Miller retired from the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in 1982, ending his career of public service.

Mr. Miller graduated from Creighon University, Omaha in 1938; received a graduate degree from Catholic University, Washington D.C., in 1939, and a law degree from Columbia University School of Law in 1946; postgraduate studies at State University of Iowa College of Law in 1946; during World War II, served with the United States Army Air Corps 1942-1946, attaining the rank of Lieutenant Colonel; service included Air Force Headquarters, Washington, D.C., faculty of the United States Army Command and General Staff School, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and China-Burma-India Theater of Operations; Brigadier General, Air Force Reserve; admitted to the Iowa and Nebraska bars in 1946; attorney, Office of Chief Counsel, Internal Revenue Service, Washington, D.C., 1947-48, assistant professor of law, University of Notre Dame College of Law 1948-49; practiced law in Sioux City, Iowa, 1949-1960.

Jack Miller married the former Isabelle “Jerry” Browning of Windber, Pennsylvania in August 1942. They have one son, Jim, of Washington, D.C.; three daughters, Janice Amott of Cincinnati, Ohio, Judy Flynn of Temple Terrace, Florida, and Jaynie Studenmund, La Canada, California; 11 grandchildren and a great-grandchild.

Mr. Miller served his country with public devotion and he cared for his family with private devotion. He was an avid golfer. “He was as tenacious on the course as in politics,” said his son. “He never cheated”.

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SENATE OF THE SEVENTY-SIXTH GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF IOWA: That in the passing of the Honorable Jack Richard Miller, the State has lost an honored citizen and a faithful and useful public servant, and that the Senate by this Resolution, expresses its appreciation of his service to the State and tenders its sympathy and kindest regards to the members of his family.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: That a copy of this resolution be spread upon the Journal of the Senate and that the Secretary of the Senate be instructed to forward an enrolled copy to the family of the deceased.