Keith Harvey Miller Article

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Keith Miller
Keith H. Miller.jpg
3rd Governor of Alaska
In office
January 29, 1969 – December 7, 1970
Lieutenant Robert Ward
Preceded by Wally Hickel
Succeeded by William Egan
Secretary of State of Alaska
In office
December 5, 1966 – January 29, 1969
Governor Wally Hickel
Preceded by Hugh Wade
Succeeded by Robert Ward
Personal details
Born (1925-03-01) March 1, 1925 (age 93)
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s)Diana Miller (1st), Jean Miller (2nd)
Alma mater University of Washington, Seattle

Keith Harvey Miller (born March 1, 1925) is an American Republican politician from Alaska. Miller was the second Secretary of State of Alaska of Alaska under Walter Hickel. He became the third Governor of Alaska after Hickel’s resignation.

Political Career

He served as Secretary of State of Alaska, as the state’s Lieutenant Governor was called until 1970, from 1966 until Hickel resigned to become United States Secretary of the Interior under President Richard M. Nixon, on January 29, 1969. [1] [2] [3]

Under Governor Miller, Alaska completed the sale of land leases in Prudhoe Bay, which brought a windfall of $900 million. [4] The funds from the oil leases were seven times the state’s budget and seven years after he first proposed an investment fund for oil royalties, Governor Jay Hammond established the Alaska Permanent Fund. [5] [6]

He lobbied extensively for the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. He pushed the Congress to approve the pipeline over the objections of Federal Judge George Hart and the Alaska Legislature for funds to build a road to the Prudhoe Bay Oil Field. [7] [8]

In 1970, seeking re-election to a full term, he saw his popularity diminish as his former running mate, Walter Hickel, delayed issuance of the permit to build the pipeline. He faced a primary election challenge from two-term Congressman Howard Wallace Pollock. He defeated Pollock, but faced William A. Egan, who was Alaska’s first governor in the general election. [4] [9] Egan won the race. [4] Only after the 1973 oil crisis did Congress pass the Trans-Alaska Pipeline Authorization Act that Miller sought. [10]

In 1974, Miller made one more campaign for governor in the Republican primary facing Hickel and Jay Hammond, who became the party’s nominee. [11]


  1. ^ Alaska Historical Collections: Gov. Keith H. Miller. 1925-. Alaska State Library. Retrieved on February 1, 2010.
  2. ^ Alaska Governor Keith H. Miller Archived 2010-02-23 at the Wayback Machine.. American Governor's Association. Retrieved on February 1, 2010.
  3. ^ Claus M. Naske and Herman E. Slotnick. Alaska: A History of the 49th State. University of Oklahoma Press, 1984. 292.
  4. ^ a b c "Egan Regains Governor's Post in Alaska". New York Times. 1970-11-05.
  5. ^ "The PF and The D: A history of how we got here". Anchorage Press. 2017-10-11.
  6. ^ "Ranking Alaska's Governors". Anchorage Daily News. 2008-09-15.
  7. ^ "100 Alaskans Descend on Washington This Week to Lobby for Oil Pipeline Proposal". New York Times. 1970-04-27.
  8. ^ "Alaska Governor Asks Road Funds". New York Times. 1970-04-27.
  9. ^ "Alaska's Governor Wins Primary Race". New York Times. 1970-08-27.
  10. ^ "Alaska Pipeline Flow Set to Start Tomorrow". New York Times. 1977-06-19.
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Political offices
Preceded by
Hugh Wade
Lieutenant Governor of Alaska
Succeeded by
Robert Ward
Preceded by
Wally Hickel
Governor of Alaska
Succeeded by
William Egan