Jack Miller (politician)

Jack Miller
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
In office
October 1, 1982  June 6, 1981
Preceded by Seat established
Succeeded by Glenn Archer
Associate Judge of the United States Court of Customs and Patent Appeals
In office
July 6, 1973  October 1, 1982
Appointed by Richard Nixon
Preceded by Lindsay Almond
Succeeded by Seat abolished
United States Senator
from Iowa
In office
January 3, 1961  January 3, 1973
Preceded by Thomas Martin
Succeeded by Dick Clark
Member of the Iowa Senate
In office
Member of the Iowa House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born (1916-06-06)June 6, 1916
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Died August 29, 1994(1994-08-29) (aged 78)
Temple Terrace, Florida, U.S.
Political party Republican
Alma mater Creighton University
Catholic University of America
Columbia University
University of Iowa

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.

Senator Miller was a member of the Senate Finance Committee.[1]

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.


  1. Semple, Robert (3 September 1970). "President Praises Smooth Transition In South's Schools; PRESIDENT LAUDS SCHOOL CHANGES". New York Times. Retrieved 12 October 2014.
Party political offices
Preceded by
Thomas Martin
Republican nominee for U.S. Senator from Iowa
(Class 2)

1960, 1966, 1972
Succeeded by
Roger Jepsen
United States Senate
Preceded by
Thomas Martin
U.S. Senator (Class 2) from Iowa
Served alongside: Bourke Hickenlooper, Harold Hughes
Succeeded by
Dick Clark
Legal offices
Preceded by
Lindsay Almond
Associate Judge of the United States Court of Customs and Patent Appeals
Seat abolished
New seat Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
Succeeded by
Glenn Archer
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