About Dan Miller
Former public school teacher, public defender, county solicitor, AmeriCorps member, firefighter & Mt. Lebanon Commissioner.
As the eldest child of immigrant parents, Dan was the first member of his family born in America. Raised by a single mom from an early age, finances were often challenging. Even so, his family instilled in him a strong appreciation and recognition of the special opportunities America offers. As a result, Dan has made public service an important part of his life.
He enlisted in the Army National Guard after high school. While his military service was cut short due to injury, he found another way to engage in service. As a Team Leader in the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corp, he led a team of young people working on community projects across the Mid-Atlantic. Dan earned undergraduate degrees in education and history and became a teacher. He later graduated with a law degree from Catholic University, where he received two community service awards, chaired their public interest auction, and served as executive editor of their communications journal. Upon passing the bar Dan decided to serve the community again as a public defender focusing on juveniles and later as a county solicitor where he worked to make sure kids were safe in their homes and received a proper education.
Dan and his wife Kim moved to Mt. Lebanon, where they currently live with their son. Dan joined the Mt. Lebanon Fire Department as a volunteer firefighter and in 2011 he was awarded the Medal of Merit for his attempt to save the life of a three-year-old child from a devastating house fire. He went on to be elected municipal commissioner, and has served the community as a board member of such local institutions as the Carnegie Library, Outreach Teen and Family Center, the Center for Theater Arts, and the Hollywood Theater in Dormont.
Dan was elected to the House of Representatives in 2013 and has primarily served on the Education, Judiciary and Labor & Industry committees. He has also prioritized working on several topics in bipartisan caucuses, including Autism & Intellectual Disabilities, Steel, Equality, Fire/EMS and HOPE (Heroin, Opioid Prevention Education).
In 2020 Dan was honored to be unanimously elected by his peers to the House Democratic Caucus Chair position, where he works with the rest of the leadership team to review pending legislation and discuss floor strategy.
As state representative, Dan has received several awards for his advocacy efforts, including such honors from Achieva, The Arc of PA, the Autism Connection, Duquesne University, The Peal Center, the Rehabilitation and Community Providers Association, Mental Health America, the PA School Counselors Association, the United Steelworkers, the Pittsburgh Local Task Force, and he has been awarded an honorary lifetime membership in the PTA.