About Senator Miller

Democratic Caucus Policy Chair
Chairman, Senate Committee on Health & Human Services
Member, Senate Committee on Environment & Agriculture
Member, Governor’s Task Force to Tackle Plastics Pollution

Josh Miller was first elected as State Senator representing District 28 in 2006. Within a short time, he earned a reputation as a leader on environmental and small business issues and as an advocate for less fortunate Rhode Islanders. Josh has since lead efforts to create jobs, protect the health of our community and environment, and ensure the concerns of District 28 are voiced loud and clear at the State House. As previous chairman of the Senate Committee on Corporations (now known as the Senate Committee on Commerce), Josh was credited with turning the focus of the committee toward protecting consumer rights and facilitating job growth among small businesses. 

 A lifelong Rhode Islander, Josh is a small business owner who has established a number of successful restaurants in the Providence area. An active member of his community, Josh has served on a number of nonprofit boards and in local community organizations. An alumni of Hope High School and the University of Rhode Island, Josh and his wife Nancy reside in the Edgewood section of Cranston. Their son, Nicholas, attends Yale University.

In recognition of his hard work and activism, Josh has received several awards including:

  • Environmental Hero of the Year, 2008

  • PWCVB Hall of Fame Inductee, 2006

  • Restauranteur of the Year, 2000


A Leader in the Senate Senate

  • Committee on Corporations, Chairman

  • Senate Committee on Climate Change, Co-Chair

  • Commission to Study Decriminalization of Marijuana, Chairman

  • Small Business Task Force, Vice Chair

  • Commission on Emergency Dept. Diversion, Co-Chair

  • Commission to Study Clean Diesel, Chairman

  • Special Senate Commission on Hospital Cost & Efficiency, Chair

An Active Member of the Community

  • Downtown Merchants Association, President 1999-2006

  • RI Hospitality and Tourism Association, Board Member; Political Affairs, Vice Chair 1998-2004

  • Providence/Warwick Convention and Visitors Bureau, Board Member 1998-2006

  • Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation, Board Member 2001-2005

  • Institute for the Study and Practice of Non-Violence, Advisory Committee Member

  • Crossroads Rhode Island Vocational Services, Advisory Committee Member

  • Farm Fresh Rhode Island, Board Member 2005-2007

  • Rhode Island Small Business Advocacy Council, Board Member

  • Health Insurance Commissioners Advisory Committee, Member 2006

  • Community Boating Center, Founding Board Member