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San Diego County Superior CourtCandidate for Judge, Office 37

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Steve Miller

Retired Federal Prosecutor
97,838 votes (14.5%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Providing San Diego County with the most qualified and experienced judicial officer.
  • Reestablishing the confidence of the community in the fairness of the justice system.
  • Preserving and providing the quality of justice San Diego has come to expect and deserves.



Profession:Former Federal Prosecutor/Deputy City Attorney
Assistant U.S. Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice, Southern District, California — Appointed position (1990–2018)
Special Deputy District Attorney, San Diego County District Attorney (1994–1994)
Special Deputy District Attorney, San Diego County District Attorney's Office — Appointed position (1994–1994)
Deputy City Attorney, San Diego City Attorney's Office — Appointed position (1988–1990)
Legal Intern, California Attorney General’s Office (1987–1988)


Dartmouth College, USC Law School A.B., J.D. (1988)


Barbara Miller gave birth to Steve in Scripps Hospital when it overlooked the children’s pool near the La Jolla Cove (long before it was known as the seals’ pool, and when whales still dared to migrate within viewing distance of our shores).  His father, Ed Miller, moved the family to La Jolla soon after, and served as San Diego County’s District Attorney for 24 years. 

Steve attended Stephen Decatur and La Jolla Elementary, Muirlands Junior High, and graduated La Jolla High in 1980. He then attended his father’s Alma Mater, Dartmouth College. Steve ran track for the college team for four years, and won the New England Decathlon Championship in his senior year.

After college, Steve attended U.S.C. Law School. During law school, Steve worked for California Attorney General John Van de Kamp, writing appellate briefs in criminal appeals. After law school, Steve went into the family business as a career prosecutor.

Steve worked as a Deputy City Attorney in San Diego, eventually becoming a Supervising Trial Deputy. After prosecuting numerous jury trials for the city, he became an Assistant U.S. Attorney in San Diego, and prosecuted federal crimes for over 27 years. During his career as a federal prosecutor, he served as a Special Deputy District Attorney, prosecuting second and third strike cases, was an instructor of trial advocacy at the National College of District Attorneys, and published an article on identity theft in the Federal Lawyer Magazine (a publication that is sent to every federal judge, Congressman, and Senator). 

He retired from the U.S. Attorneys office just this year after scores of jury trials and 100 appeals before the Ninth Circuit, and is now running for seat 37 of the San Diego Superior Court.

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Hon. Allan Preckle, Superior Court Judge (Ret.), Former San Diego Deputy District Attorney
  • Hon. Frank A. Brown, Superior Court Judge, Seat 37 (Ret.), Former San Diego Deputy District Attorney
  • Hon. Larry Stirling, Superior Court Judge (Ret.), Former San Diego City Council, CA Assembly and CA Senate

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Judges are responsible for nothing less than maintaining order in civilized society. They are the last barrier between civilization and anarchy. In order to effectively maintain order, a judge must maintain a balance of confidences; both, the confidence of the accused, that his or her individual rights will be protected and upheld, and the confidence of the public that our community’s safety will be preserved. 

In order to maintain this balance of confidences, the judge must recognize that the essential foundation of our law is rooted in common sense. Additionally, a judge must require civility among every litigant, which may only be accomplished by one with significant trial and appellate experience. 

Candidate Contact Info

Campaign Name: Steve Miller for San Diego County Superior Court Judge
Contact Name: Christopher Crotty, Consultant
Private Phone: 619-894-0573 (Residence)

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