Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, District 87
Nicole Miller grew up in a middle-class family in a small town in NY. Her family moved to PA when she was in middle school and her father accepted a job as a federal marshal. Nicole’s parents bought a small sandwich shop in town, which her mom ran. She watched her parents work hard to make ends meet with 3 children.
After graduating from high school, Nicole studied Criminal Justice and Psychology at Mansfield University. She then returned home for personal reasons, and at 21 years old became pregnant with her oldest son who will always be one of the greatest blessings of her life. After her son was born, she began a career as an orthodontic technician and served and tended a bar in the evenings to make ends meet. She moved to Hampden Township in 2004, met and married her husband and they had 2 more children.
Nicole’s oldest son began to struggle in school and at home. They worked with counselors, teachers, and medical professionals, trying to get her son the help he needed. They had no choice but to pay out-of-pocket to get him the proper medical care, and they met regularly with the school to get him the support he needed. Her son’s challenges at school escalated as he grew older. Through advocating for her son, Nicole came to understand how critical strong schools are, not only to our children’s education but also to their general physical, emotional and mental wellbeing.
Nicole lost her son to mental illness when he died by suicide at just 19 years old. Their lives and the lives of those who loved him will never be the same. She honors her son Jonathan’s memory by fighting for a better world for our children because no parent should have to experience the pain of losing a child. Our children deserve safe, strong, fairly funded, inclusive, and trauma-informed schools. All of us also need high quality, accessible, and affordable healthcare, including care for those with mental health impairments and substance use disorders. Our kids need a world with clean air, clean water, and a world that does not discriminate but empowers.