Los Angeles – Former U.S. Congressman and chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee George Miller announced today that he is endorsing Marshall Tuck for State Superintendent of Public Instruction. For forty years Congressman Miller represented portions of the Contra Costa County- including Richmond, El Cerrito, and Orinda- in the U.S. House of Representatives.
In an email to supporters, the Congressman wrote of his endorsement:
“Our students deserve the best public schools in the country, and Marshall knows what it will take to get them there, because he has done this work before. Marshall will bring everyone together to deliver the quality public schools our kids deserve. Our state needs a leader- an educator- who can help us get beyond politics and bickering, and who has the fresh ideas that our schools need to be among the best in the nation. Marshall will be that strong advocate for all kids, and I am proud to stand behind his campaign for State Superintendent.”
Congressman Miller is a lifelong Democrat and Californian, and served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1975 until his retirement in 2015, where he was a leading advocate of education, labor, the economy, and the environment. In addition to his chairmanship of the House Education and Labor Committee, he served as a member and chair of the House Natural Resources Committee, and in the House Democratic Leadership under Speaker Nancy Pelosi. In the Congress, his focus on education included improving teacher quality, holding schools accountable for the education of all children, and the necessity of providing substantial federal financial resources to schools to meet performance goals. He also was the author of the College Cost Reduction and Access Act, which provided more than $20 billion in student financial aid- the single biggest boost to college aid since the G.I. Bill.
Tuck said, “As a lifelong public servant in California, Congressman Miller’s support means a great deal to me. And as the former Chair of the Education and Labor Committee, he knows how important it is that we all come together now to improve our public schools, so that all kids have access to a quality public education.”