Florida congressman Jeff Miller announced Thursday that he would not seek another term this fall.
“Fifteen years ago when Vicki and I were praying about running for Congress, we could have never imagined what may lie ahead,” Miller wrote in an announcement. “As we made our decision, we knew there would come a day when it would be time to pass the torch. That day has come, and I am announcing I will not seek reelection to Congress.”
Miller has represented Florida’s first congressional district, which encompasses Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes, and Washington counties, since 2001. The Chumuckla Republican has remained popular throughout his time in office, winning each of his seven reelection campaigns with no less than 69% of the vote.
On Thursday, Miller thanked “the good people of Northwest Florida” for their support over the last fifteen years. “The confidence and support the voters of the First District have placed in me are honors I have never taken for granted,” Miller said. “I will be forever grateful for the trust, encouragement, and love my constituents have shown to Vicki and I.”
Miller currently serves as the chairman of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, as well as on the Committee on Armed Services and the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
In a press release, Miller citied his work with the Veterans Administration among his successes. “There are now two ‘new’ VA Clinics serving the veterans of the First District, including the Joint Ambulatory Care Clinic, which was the prototype for many others around the country,” Miller said. “And after exposing VA’s delays in care and accountability crises, we wrote and passed the most significant reform bill in the history of the Department of Veterans Affairs.”
Miller said he intends to serve out the remainder of his term.