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Laura Miller

Mayor of Dallas
In office
February 20, 2002 – June 25, 2007
Preceded by Ron Kirk
Succeeded by Tom Leppert

Born November 18, 1958 (1958-11-18) (age 51)
Baltimore, Maryland
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Steven D. Wolens
Residence Dallas, Texas
Alma mater University of Wisconsin–Madison
Religion Jewish[1]

Laura Miller (born November 18, 1958) served as mayor of Dallas, Texas (U.S.) from 2002 through 2007. She did not run for re-election in the 2007 mayoral race. She was the third woman to serve as mayor of Dallas.

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Education and career

Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Miller attended the University of Wisconsin–Madison and spent the early part of her career as a journalist. As a journalist, Miller worked as a staff writer for The Miami Herald and The Dallas Morning News and then as a columnist for the New York Daily News and the now-defunct Dallas Times Herald. In 1991, Miller became an investigative reporter for the Dallas Observer and then a columnist for D Magazine.[2]

Political Life

In 1998, Miller was elected to the Dallas City Council representing Oak Cliff and southwest Dallas. In 2002, Miller was elected as Mayor of Dallas, replacing Ron Kirk who left the post to run for the United States Senate position vacated by retiring Texas Senator Phil Gramm.

She fought for and won approval of a strengthened smoking ban, an ordinance prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, a revamped public housing system, a $23 million homeless assistance center, major changes to the city's Trinity River Corridor improvement plan and a taxpayer-funded downtown redevelopment effort.

She forged a compromise between American Airlines and Southwest Airlines to relax and ultimately repeal federal flight restrictions at Love Field Airport.

David Levey, executive vice president for Forest City Enterprises, credited Miller for reviving a $250 million deal to renovate downtown's long vacant Mercantile National Bank Building.

During her term, the Dallas Cowboys announced plans to build Cowboys Stadium and many citizens hoped it would be built in Dallas. The city and the Dallas Cowboys, however, failed to reach a deal and the stadium was built in Arlington.

She announced parade plans for the Dallas Mavericks championship in 2006, prior to the Mavericks losing four straight games and ultimately the NBA championship to the Miami Heat in six games.

Miller was succeeded in office by conservative Republican Tom Leppert.

Personal

Miller is married to Dallas attorney and former Texas State Representative Steven D. Wolens. They have two daughters, Alex and Lily, and a son, Max.

Miller was seen attending many popular rock concerts at the now closed Gypsy Tea Room during her tenure as mayor, notably accompanying her son Max to a sold-out Something Corporate concert.[citation needed]

In 1998, Miller was diagnosed with breast cancer. She underwent chemotherapy and radiation treatments which effectively eradicated the cancer.[3]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Ron Kirk
Mayors of Dallas
2002-2007
Succeeded by
Tom Leppert
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