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Senator Jack Miller

Jack Richard Miller (June 6, 1916 - August 29, 1994) was a Republican United States Senator from Iowa who served two terms from 1961 to 1973, and then a federal appellate judge.

Miller was born in Chicago, Illinois. He first moved to Sioux City, Iowa in 1932 as a teen. He attended The Oratory School in England, then received a bachelor's degree from Creighton University in Omaha in 1938 and a master's degree from the Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. in 1939.

In World War II, Miller served with the United States Army Air Corps from 1942 to 1946, attaining the rank of lieutenant colonel. During this time his military service included the China-Burma-India Theater, the faculty at the Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and duty at Air Force Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

After the war, Miller received his law degree from Columbia Law School in 1946, and did postgraduate study at University of Iowa College of Law later that year. He served between 1947 and 1948 as an attorney with the Office of Chief Counsel of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service. After one year as an assistant professor of law at Notre Dame Law School, he then returned to Sioux City, where he went into private practice.

Miller was elected to the Iowa House of Representatives in 1955, and to the Iowa State Senate in 1957. Miller was first elected to the United States Senate in 1960. In a race to replace the retiring Republican Senator Thomas E. Martin, Miller defeated Iowa's sitting governor, Herschel C. Loveless, in a close contest. He was reelected in 1966, easily defeating Democrat E.B. Smith, but in 1972 was upset by Democrat Dick Clark.

After his stint in the Senate, Miller was appointed by President Richard Nixon as a judge on the United States Court of Customs and Patent Appeals in 1973. On October 1, 1982 he became a Circuit Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit by operation of the Federal Courts Improvement Act of 1982. He took senior status on June 6, 1985.

Miller retired to Temple Terrace, Florida where he died in 1994. He is interred in Arlington National Cemetery.


  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit: A History: 1990–2002 / compiled by members of the Advisory Council to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in celebration of the court's twentieth anniversary.. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. 2004. p. 147. LCCN 2004-050209.  

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United States Senate
Preceded by
Thomas E. Martin (R)
United States Senator (Class 2) from Iowa
1961 – 1973
Succeeded by
Dick Clark (D)


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