State Representative Borris Miles For Texas State Senate
Dallas S. Jones, Special to Style | 7/15/2016, 1:48 a.m.
In the past few years, Democrats have lost some of their strongest members in the Senate – first Wendy Davis and then, more recently, Houston’s Sen. Rodney Ellis, who was chosen to be the nominee for Harris County Commissioner for Precinct 1 after the sudden passing of Commissioner El Franco Lee. Republicans control our state government, and nowhere is this more evident that the Texas Senate. The Senate is led by Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, a former conservative talk radio host and likely the most right-wing public official this state has ever seen.
However, with the departure of Ellis, Democrats in Senate District 13 have the opportunity to replace him with a candidate with a proven record as someone who will effectively and aggressively represent the district and Democratic principles.
Someone who will be a warrior for Democrats – fighting Republican leadership and standing for Democratic values.
Rep. Borris Miles wants to serve as that warrior for the people of Senate District 13.
Miles grew up in the heart of District 13 – Sunnyside, a neighborhood he now represents in the House of Representatives. He graduated from the legendary Jack Yates High School and earned a degree in Criminal Justice and Criminal Science at Sam Houston State University.
After a career as a law enforcement officer, Miles opened his own insurance agency. He grew that agency to become the third largest black-owned independent insurance agency in the nation – the largest in Texas. He’s always returned that success to the community – funding scholarships, distributing meals on Thanksgiving and organizing Hip Hop 4 HIV, an event that raised awareness of HIV and helped over 5000 young people get tested.
In 2006, Miles decided to take his public service to the next level. He ran for the Texas House of Representatives’ District 146, a district that currently stretches from the Sunnyside area west to Westbury and Meyerland. The incumbent had long been entrenched and was too close to infamous Republican Speaker Tom Craddick. Miles defeated him in a runoff.
In the Legislature, Miles gained a reputation as a workhorse – an aggressive advocate for his district and for Democratic principles. In just the last legislative session, some of his accomplishments included:
Ending Police Brutality: Representative Miles fought for more police transparency by creating a civilian review board as an independent method of police oversight, requiring police departments to retain all complaints filed against police officers indefinitely and making those complaint subject to the open records laws.
Fighting Illegal Dumping: Representative Miles witnessed how illegal dumping was plaguing low income neighborhoods in Houston. He authored and passed House Bill 274, which doubled fines for illegal dumping.
Giving a Second Chance: Representative Miles passed House Bill 263, allowing certain juvenile records to be automatically sealed. He also passed four amendments to the state budget improving re-entry programs, including securing nearly $800,000 for a program that teaches prisoners to be entrepreneurs.
Increasing Access to Health Care: Representative Miles passed a budget amendment securing half a million dollars to increase testing for HIV and STDS, a health crisis in poor neighborhoods of Houston. He also fought against HB 2, a law designed to prevent women from accessing abortions. The law was recently overturned by the Supreme Court.