Mary Miller (R-Ill.) was first sworn in to the U.S. House of Representatives on Jan. 3, 2021, serving the 15th Congressional District in Illinois. A teacher, she worked on her family farm prior to running for political office. She ran for her second term in 2022 with Trump’s endorsement and won in her solidly Republican district.
Two days into her term, Miller drew widespread condemnation from both Democrats and Republicans for quoting Adolph Hitler during a speech to the conservative group Moms for America, saying: “Hitler was right on one thing: he said, ‘Whoever has the youth has the future.’” Among the many groups and individual politicians who strenuously objected to her comments was the Illinois Legislative Jewish Caucus, which issued a statement that said, in part: “A sitting member of Congress who uses Hitler’s obscene methods for indoctrinating children with racism and fascism as a guidepost, igniting hate and violence, has no place in Congress.”
After the 2020 presidential election, Miller adhered to the GOP playbook by spreading the Big Lie, making claims of fraud unfounded by facts. She objected to certifying Biden’s Electoral College win and voted against both impeaching Trump for inciting the mob and establishing a special House committee to investigate the insurrection, among other measures.
January 6, 2021
- A truck parked at the Capitol on Jan. 6 bearing a decal for the militia group Three Percenters belongs to the congresswoman’s husband, Illinois State Rep. Chris Miller. He has attempted to distance himself from the decal and the insurrection, saying that he was not a member of the group.
- Chris Miller also made a Facebook live broadcast during a rally outside the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, which led to an investigation by the Illinois Legislative Inspector General. At the rally, he said that Trump supporters are “engaged in a great cultural war to see which worldview will survive—whether we will remain a free people under free market capitalism or whether they will put us under the tyranny of socialism and communism and dangerous Democrat terrorists.”
- Just hours after Trump supporters stormed the Capitol, Miller joined 146 other congressional Republicans in refusing to certify Biden’s win of the 2020 presidential election.
- Miller opposed impeaching Trump for his role in instigating the attack on Congress and the Capitol, and for fanning the flames once the riot broke out. However, in August 2021, she called for President Biden’s impeachment for his “reckless disregard for the safety and security of our troops stationed overseas and Americans here at home.”
- Miller voted against establishing a House committee to investigate the genesis of the violent assault on the Capitol and disruption of the congressional procedure underway that day. She echoed Trump in calling it a “political witch hunt.”
The Big Lie
- On Dec. 15, 2020, Miller signed a letter with 25 other House members-elect calling on Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to investigate presidential election irregularities.
- In a local radio interview that aired on Jan. 6, 2021, Miller said, “Everyone acknowledges that fraud did take place in this election. The point of contention is just how much fraud took place. We need to have zero tolerance for fraud, and we need to have confidence in our elections. The argument that there might not be enough fraud to change the outcome is irrelevant. America is not a banana republic. We can and should do better.”
- In refusing to certify the 2020 election results, Miller claimed that Democrats had prevented a proper investigation of election fraud because “even a glancing review would uncover the greatest heist of the 21st century.”
Top contributors for the 2020 election cycle.
The organizations themselves did not donate, rather the money came from the organization's PAC, its individual members or employees or owners, and those individuals' immediate families.
|House Freedom Fund||$26,700.00||$10,000.00||$16,700.00|
|Indeck Energy Services||$11,200.00||$0.00||$11,200.00|
|Eye of the Tiger PAC||$10,000.00||$10,000.00||$0.00|
|Majority Cmte PAC||$10,000.00||$10,000.00||$0.00|
|Susan B Anthony List||$10,000.00||$10,000.00||$0.00|
|Value in Electing Women PAC||$10,000.00||$10,000.00||$0.00|
|State of Illinois||$8,200.00||$0.00||$8,200.00|