Name: Tom Miller (incumbent)
Residence: Des Moines
Education: Bachelor’s, Loras College. Juris Doctor, Harvard Law School
What are the most important issues you think need to be addressed if you are elected?
Making Iowa safer is my first priority. My office plays a central role in criminal law. We have handled serious crimes and sexually violent predator commitments in 91 counties and criminal appeals to uphold convictions from 96 counties. We successfully pressed for strengthening of laws on child pornography, enticement of children on the internet, human trafficking and rape kit testing. We serve crime victims with victim compensation and domestic violence, sexual assault, and emergency shelter programs. We are also tackling the opioid crisis through legislation, collaboration with interested parties, and litigation against manufacturers who caused the problem.
Tell voters why you are running for this position. What makes you most qualified?
With my skills, experience, and great staff, I have repeatedly delivered outstanding results for Iowans in the areas of consumer protection, criminal law, and advocating for farmers. I find immense satisfaction in working as the people’s lawyer. I seek another term and am energized to continue to use the law to serve the interests of ordinary Iowans. My polestar is to work in a bipartisan manner, read the law fairly and accurately, and “call them like I see them.”
What should voters know about you before going to the polls?
A key issue for me is addressing substance abuse and mental illness in the criminal justice system. There is no more effective way to reduce crime and make Iowa safer than funding adequate treatment for substance abuse and mental illness. As part of this, my office funds a program providing extended coverage of mental illness medications to offenders leaving jails and prison — it has reduced criminal recidivism. But, more needs to be done to protect the public in this area.
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What other issues related to your platform do you think voters should be aware of before they vote?
My office has accomplished much in consumer protection. We have brought significant reforms in how major industries interact with Iowa consumers, including telemarketers, sweepstakes, buying clubs, mortgage servicers, and student loan processors. In the process, we returned tens of millions of dollars to Iowans. We continue to fight consumer fraud in the areas of automobiles, home improvement, debt collection, health care, telecommunications, data breaches, and internet privacy.