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Former GA Governor and U.S. Senator Zell Miller dies at 86

By: Amanda Cooper

March 23, 2018 - 6:37 pm

Former Georgia Governor and U.S. Senator Zell Miller died today at the age of 86 after being treated for Parkinson's disease. Zell Bryan Miller was born on Feb. 24, 1932, and served as Lieutenant Governor from 1975 to 1991 which is the longest serving Lieutenant Governor in Georgia history. He also was the 79th Governor of Georgia from 1991 to 1999, and U.S. Senator from 2000 to 2005.

As Governor, he created the HOPE (Helping Outstanding Pupils Educationally) Scholarship, which has allowed over 1.5 million students to receive a college education.  He also created Georgia’s Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten Program.

Miller was key in helping Bill Clinton's 1992 presidential campaign and spoke at the Democratic National Convention. Although Miller also spoke at the 2004 Republican National Convention his grandson, Bryan Miller, said that he was still a lifelong Democrat. 

Governor Nathan Deal sent a tweet expressing his condolences: “It is with a heavy heart that Sandra and I offer Shirley our deepest condolences on the passing of her devoted husband, Zell. Georgia has lost a favorite son and a true statesman, and I’ve lost a dear friend.”

Public memorial services will be held around the state including Monday, March 26 on the campus of Young Harris College in Young Harris, Georgia, Tuesday at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church in Atlanta, and Wednesday the Executive State Funeral Service will be held in the Rotunda of the Georgia State Capitol at 11 am.

Zell Miller is survived by his wife, Shirley Carver Miller; sons, Murphy Carver Miller and Matthew Stephen Miller; granddaughter, Asia Miller Bowles; grandsons, Justin Grady Miller, Andrew Stephen Miller, and Bryan William Miller; and eight greatgrandchildren.