About the Author
Zell Miller began his career in public service in 1959 with a term as mayor of Young Harris, Georgia. In 1960, he was elected to the Georgia Senate at the age of 28. In 1974, he won the first of four consecutive terms as Georgias lieutenant governor. Then in 1990, Miller ran for governor and won the first of two terms he would serve as the states top leader.
Millers HOPE Scholarship program was dubbed by the Los Angeles Times as "the most far-reaching scholarship program in the nation. His pre-kindergarten program won an award for innovation from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.
After leaving the governors office in 1999, Miller taught at Emory University and at his alma maters, the University of Georgia and Young Harris College. Five books have been written by Miller, including "Corps Values: Everything You Need To Know I Learned in the Marines." He also served on several corporate boards before joining the Senate, where he now serves.
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And so, Mr. Miller went to Washington. I wish I could say the experience has been like Jimmy Stewarts in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. I wish I could say that I found Washington all I had ever dreamed it to be, the place where the great issues of the day are debated and solved, and great giants walk those hallowed halls. I so wanted Robert Louis Stevenson to be wrong when he wrote, "It is better to travel hopefully than to arrive."
Unfortunately, what I discovered in Washington was truth, and truth did not set me free. It simply made me mad. It filled me with anger on behalf of Americans. You might still ask why I would want to take my own party to the woodshed. The answer is simple: My conscience made me do it.