SUMMARY / RELATED TOPICS

Gregory A. Miller

Gregory Allen Miller is an American attorney from Destrehan, who in 2011 was elected as a Republican member of the Louisiana House of Representatives from District 56, which encompasses much of St. Charles Parish. Miller was born at Fort Sill in Lawton Oklahoma, while his father, Ralph R. Miller, was stationed with the United States Army, his parents returned to Louisiana and Miller was reared in his father's hometown of Norco in St. Charles Parish. Ralph Miller, a member of the Democratic Party, was elected as the state representative from St. Charles Parish from 1968 to 1980, again from 1982 to 1992. Ralph Miller was a registered Republican at the time of his death. Gregory Miller graduated from the Roman Catholic De La Salle High School. In 1985, he received a bachelor's degree in political science from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. Three years he completed his legal degree from the LSU Law Center, and joined the Republican Party. Miller is affiliated with the Chamber of Commerce, Ducks Unlimited, the River Road Historical Society, Lions International, St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus, a Catholic men's organization.

He grew up with the background of his father's reform legislative service, but Miller said that he had not considered running for office until after seeing the destructive aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005: I just felt that there was a lot missing in the way the state responded. We had a chance to focus on what our priorities should be.... The best schools, the best jobs, the best communities are nothing if they're under ten feet of water. During his campaign in 2011, Miller identified his top legislative priorities as fiscal accountability and job creation: Persistent high unemployment has forced too many of our young residents to leave the state for decent job opportunities. We must strengthen our efforts to promote economic opportunities; as your state representative, I'll go anywhere, meet with anyone, never stop working to create high-paying jobs for our citizens. Miller said that improvements in drainage were essential on both the East and West banks of the Mississippi River, he cited the need for levees in St. Charles Parish strong enough to withstand hurricanes, in order to protect Montz and LaPlace.

Miller committed to stronger ethics laws. Miller won the seat vacated by Representative Gary Smith, Jr. a Democrat, elected to the Louisiana State Senate. Miller defeated two opponents, one from each party: Republican Emile Garlepied, a former owner of a transportation company, Democrat Ganesier "Ram" Ramchandran, a consulting engineer and a former member of the St. Charles Parish Council. In the nonpartisan blanket primary held on October 22, 2011, Miller failed by 110 votes to win the position outright. In the second round of balloting on November 19, Miller won with 5,201 votes to 3,143 for Democrat Ganesier Ramachandran. In 2013, Representative Miller voted to increase judicial pay, to repeal mandatory retirement ages for judges, to lessen penalties for marijuana possession, he voted to forbid the state from enforcing federal firearms restrictions and to prevent the publication of the names of those with concealed weapon permits. Miller voted for surrogacy contracts for couples seeking another woman to bear their child.

He voted to bring state law in line with federal dictates on requirements of equal pay for equal work regardless of gender. On May 19, 2015, Miller was one of four Republicans on the House Civil Law and Procedure Committee—the others were Mike "Pete" Huval of Breaux Bridge, Nancy Landry of Lafayette, Clay Schexnayder of Gonzales—who voted to table on a 10-2 vote the proposed Marriage and Conscience Act, authored by Republican Representative Mike Johnson of Bossier Parish and supported by the conservative Louisiana Family Forum. Only fellow Republican Ray Garofalo of Chalmette stood with Johnson. Governor Bobby Jindal, who supported the legislation issued an executive order to implement the measure. Johnson said that he will in 2016, if he is reelected, re-introduce the measure because he prefers a statutory law to address the issue. Johnson explained that the measure is designed to block the state government from pulling licenses or tax benefits from a company because of the owner's counter view of same-sex marriage.

Among Democrats who opposed the measure were committee chairman Neil Abramson and Joseph Bouie, Jr. both of New Orleans, Patrick O. Jefferson of Arcadia, Alfred C. Williams of Baton Rouge

Ignas Gelžinis

Ignas Gelžinis is a Lithuanian racing driver racing in Porsche Carrera Cup Great Britain championship. His older brother Jonas Gelžinis is racing driver. From 2012 to 2013 Ignas Gelžinis competed in Renault Clio Cup United Kingdom. In his rookie year Ignas Gelžinis took 10th place in final standings with 152 points. 2013 season was less successful: Ignas Gelžinis took 15th place in final standings with 106 points. In 2014, Ignas Gelžinis moved to Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Central Europe. After difficult start of the season in Hungaroring, Ignas Gelžinis scored his first podium finish in second round of the season in Poznan Circuit, finishing both races in top three; the following round in Salzburgring was more successful. Ignas Gelžinis took his first victory with Porsche in the second race of the weekend. In the following round at Autodrom Most, Ignas Gelžinis finished on podium twice and moved into third place in the standings. More podium finishes came in fifth round at Slovakiaring and victory in Poznan Circuit allowed Ignas Gelžinis to move to second place in the standings.

Two second-place finishes in final round of the season was not enough to win the championship and Ignas Gelžinis ended the season in second place with 218 points, 18 points less than winner Stefan Bilinski. In 2015, Ignas Gelžinis returned to United Kingdom to compete in Porsche Carrera Cup Great Britain. After four championship rounds, he was leading Pro-AM1 class standings, he lost the lead to Jordan Witt after rounds in Snetterton and Knockhill, but after few more wins in his class at Silverstone and Brands Hatch, I. Gelžinis returned to top position and with 154 points became a Pro-AM1 champion in his rookie years. Official website Ignas Gelžinis career summary at DriverDB.com