Minnesota Senate District 28
Jeremy Miller was born and raised in Winona, Minnesota. Jeremy and his wife, Janel, have three sons (Drew-8, Luke and Tom-7) and live in Winona.
Jeremy is co-owner and chief financial officer at Wm. Miller Scrap Iron & Metal Co.; a family owned and operated scrap recycling business that dates back to 1910. Jeremy and his brother are the fourth generation to be involved in the business and work together with their father and a dedicated team of employees.
Jeremy is currently serving his third term in the Minnesota Senate representing Houston, Fillmore, and Winona counties. In 2010 at 27 years old, he was the second youngest senator elected in the state’s history and in 2019 at 35, he was the youngest senator in the state’s history to become President of the Senate. Prior to becoming President of the Senate, Jeremy served as Deputy Majority Leader and Chair of the Senate Jobs and Economic Growth Committee.
Jeremy is active in the community and the recycling trade industry. He serves as Vice President of the Morrie Miller Athletic Foundation, an organization that has been instrumental in supporting and sustaining youth athletics. Jeremy serves on the President’s Advisory Council at Minnesota State College Southeast. He also serves on the Winona State University Warrior Club Board and Saint Mary’s University Cardinal Excellence Fund Advisory Board. In addition, Jeremy is a Past Chair of the Global Recycling Standards Organization, based in Washington, D.C.
Jeremy is a sports enthusiast and enjoys participating in a variety of sports and outdoor activities, especially with his family. Two of his favorites include running and fishing with his boys. He is also a passionate Minnesota Vikings fan.
I'm very proud to have been born and raised in Southeast Minnesota. I grew up and live in Winona. After attending Cotter High School, I attended Smith College, majoring in Government and Spanish. Upon graduating from college, I moved to Barcelona, Spain, where I completed a Master of Research in Political Science at Pomeu Fabra University. While there, I had the privilege of teaching at the Barcelona Institute of International Studies, greatly enjoying my connection with students as an educator. From Spain, I moved to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, where I started a small business as a marketing and public relations consultant, working primarily with medical professionals.
Living and working in foreign countries required me to be open to diverse ways of thinking and different approached to problem solving. I have worked in vastly different economic environments. Having lived under other systems of government, I understand the direct effects that these differences have on people's lives.
I moved back to Winona because it's where I want to live, and it's the community I love being of a part of. I wanted to be closer to family, especially to help care for my uncle, who is intellectually disabled. I am fortunate to be able to work remotely, while also helping my family. Life takes interesting turns, and it requires flexibility and readiness. The values I've learned from my family, education, and entrepreneurial experiences allow me to take on unique challenges with a diverse skill set.
What motivated you to run for office?
MILLER: I ran for office to help make a difference. As a State Senator, one of my biggest frustrations at the Capitol is the extreme partisanship of party politics. My approach is different and my philosophy simple: listen to the people and work together to get good things done.
KRUGER: The people of Southeast Minnesota deserve strong representation, innovative leadership, and inclusive governance. Whether you're a small business owner needing affordable health insurance, a farmer struggling with the challenging farm economy, or a parent trying to find and pay for quality daycare - you and the challenges you face matter.
What is your plan to eliminate poverty in Minnesota?
MILLER: The State of Minnesota has several safety net programs, including support for food, healthcare, and housing. Additionally, there are non-profit organizations that provide services to people in need. However, one of the best solutions is to promote initiatives that encourage job growth and economic development opportunities across the state.
KRUGER: Education is a lifeline out of poverty. Fully funded preschool and effectively funded K-12 schools and institutions of higher education will ensure we cultivate the bright minds needed to keep our region competitive and help people be successful. Investing in education is an investment in Minnesota's future.
What is your plan to assure all Americans have affordable housing?
MILLER: Affordable housing is a priority at the legislature and I’m an advocate for public-private partnerships to make housing more affordable. Since 2017, the state has invested $661 million on initiatives to make housing more affordable, many of which are collaborative efforts with local, state, and federal officials and private developers.
KRUGER: People deserve to earn a living wage to be able to pay their rent or make their mortgage payment. State financing and grants are needed to address the affordable housing shortfall, which works in tandem to improve individual job stability, as well as the health and school outcomes of children.
What is the one key piece of legislation you would sponsor if elected to office?
MILLER: In 2017, military pensions became exempt from Minnesota state income taxes. This year, I introduced a bill to exempt social security income for state income taxes. We were making good progress, until the COVID pandemic hit. I plan to introduce the same legislation next session to support our senior citizens.
KRUGER: A buy-in option to MinnesotaCare would substantially alleviate the financial hardships many people are facing in their struggle to afford health insurance on the private market. With a buy-in option, the cost of premiums would pay for user coverage, without additional ongoing costs to Minnesota taxpayers.