Roderick Luke "Rod" Miller
(October 20, 1924—January 15, 2005) was a Lafayette
attorney and a pioneer in the development of the Republican Party
. He was the third Republican since Reconstruction
to be elected to the Louisiana House of Representatives
and the first ever from Lafayette Parish
, now one of the stronger Republican-leaning parishes in the state. Miller served half of a legislative term from 1966-1968. He was a member of the Republican State Central Committee and the Lafayette Parish Republican Executive Committee. Prior to his death, he had received his party's "Lifetime Service Award."
Miller was born in Reddell in Evangeline Parish
to Cleophas Miller (1888–1971), a railroad employee, and the former Isabelle Michot (1895–1975). Miller graduated from Vidrine High School in Evangeline Parish and then served in World War II
in the Army Air Force
as a navigator on B-29 Superfortress
's. He was reactivated as a first lieutenant
during the Korean War
Between the two wars, Miller graduated from the institution now known as the University of Louisiana at Lafayette
(then Southwestern Louisiana Institute) in 1947. He then graduated from the Loyola University
Law School in New Orleans
Miller and Mouton, friends and political rivals
Miller practiced law in Lafayette with Charles DeBaillon in the firm of DeBaillon and Miller.
He ran unsuccessfully as a Democrat
for a judgeship.
Then Miller switched parties at the time when it was... Read More