CATHERINE LUCEY Associated Press
The Clinton Herald
---- — DES MOINES — Democratic Attorney General Tom Miller announced Wednesday that he will seek a ninth term in office in 2014, saying he has more work to do in Iowa as the “people’s lawyer.”
Miller kicked off a series of news conferences in Des Moines, with announcements also planned in Cedar Rapids and Dubuque.
“It’s a wonderful job, to serve the public, to use the law, fight the battles, meet the challenges. I am so grateful to Iowans who have given me this opportunity many times,” Miller said. But he added that he also still thinks about: “What can we do more? How can we be more effective?”
Miller, 69, said he was proud of his work on public safety issues and consumer protection, noting recent efforts to recover money from fraudulent buying clubs that preyed on Iowa residents. He also referenced his role in a national settlement with mortgage providers, which helped pay more than $40 million to Iowa homeowners and set up a mortgage help hotline for Iowans.
Looking ahead, Miller said there is more to be done, including investigating for-profit colleges, reviewing debt collection practices and figuring out how to regulate e-cigarettes.
“There’s a lot of unfinished business,” he said.
No Republicans have emerged yet as candidates in the race for attorney general next year.
A Dubuque native, Miller was first elected to the post in 1978. Except for one term in the early 1990s, he has held the job ever since. Miller launched a bid for governor in 1990, but lost the Democratic primary. He then ran successfully for attorney general in 1994.
While Democrats in 2014 will be arguing that longtime Republican Gov. Terry Branstad has spent enough time in office, Miller said the two should be judged separately.
“We’re two different people in two different offices and should be judged accordingly,” Miller said.