Aruna has become the first NRI-Indian-American politician to be sworn in as the lieutenant governor in the state of Maryland.
Aruna Miller is an American politician serving as the tenth Lieutenant Governor of Maryland until 2023. Miller, a Democrat, is a former member of the Maryland House of Delegates, representing legislative district 15 in Montgomery County.
Early life and education
Aruna Miller was born on November 6, 1964 in Andhra Pradesh, India. Her family moved to the United States when she was seven. With her two siblings and parents, she lived in Poughkeepsie, New York, where IBM employed her father as a mechanical engineer. Aruna Miller graduated from the Missouri University of Science and Technology in 1989 with a degree in civil engineering. Aruna is married to Dave Miller, with whom she has three daughters. She currently resides in Montgomery County.
- Aruna Miller worked as a transportation engineer for local governments in California, Virginia and Hawaii. She moved to Maryland in 1990, where she worked for the Montgomery County Department of Transportation.
- In 2015, she retired from Montgomery County to devote her full attention to her service in the Maryland legislature.
- Miller became a United States citizen in 2000 and voted for Al Gore, the Vice President of the United States, in the 2000 United States presidential election.
- In 2006, Miller was elected to serve as an at-large member of the Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee. and served in that position until 2010.
- In December 2021, Wes Moore selected Miller as his running mate in the Democratic primary for the 2022 Maryland gubernatorial election.
- The Moore–Miller ticket won the July 19, 2022 Democratic primary election. In October 2022, The Intercept reported that Moore and Miller were honored at a fundraiser organized by individuals affiliated with Hindutva, or Hindu nationalist political ideology.
- Aruna Miller was sworn in on January 18, 2023. She took the oath of office on the Bhagavad Gita, becoming the first lieutenant governor to do so.