Jonathan S. Miller
Jonathan directs Frost Brown Todd’s government relations practice in Kentucky. Jonathan’s deep and substantive knowledge of the state’s legislative, administrative, and regulatory structures, procedures, and culture came from serving two terms as Kentucky’s elected State Treasurer, and then three years as Secretary of Finance and Administrative under current Governor Steve Beshear. In the latter position, Jonathan oversaw much of the legal framework of state government, including managing most of state’s procurement, state finances and facilities, the Commonwealth Office of Technology, and the Administration’s nationally-recognized efforts in energy efficiency, transparency, pension reform, and reinventing government.
At Frost Brown Todd since 2011, Jonathan oversees the firm’s Kentucky legislative practice and counsels corporate clients that interact with government at the local, state and federal level. Jonathan advises clients on procurement matters – from RFP solicitations to bid protests – election law, and public finance work, particularly in regard in energy efficiency rehabilitations of public and private buildings.
Most prominently, Jonathan has won national notice as a crisis management attorney, advising clients on issues that intersect the law, policy, politics, and public relations. He helps clients assemble grassroots and grasstops coalitions to secure policy change, and helps firms and individuals manage, survive, and transcend high-profile crises and scandals. Jonathan weathered two decades of public crisis management, both as a principal and a senior advisor to a U.S. Vice President, a Governor, and Cabinet secretaries at the state and federal level. Now as a “recovering politician” (he has a nationally-read blog of the same name), Jonathan shares the knowledge from those experiences with the firms’ corporate and municipal clients, and provides comfort and common ground to the regulatory officials with whom he interacts on behalf of those clients.
Jonathan is the editor and co-author of The Recovering Politician’s Twelve Step Program to Survive Crisis, a Contributor to The Daily Beast, and has appeared often on national news programs on Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, CBS, NBC and even Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.”
Jonathan has published three books on faith, public policy and crisis management, co-founded No Labels, a national grassroots movement of nearly one million Americans that promotes bi-partisan problem-solving, and reached the final table of the 2012 World Series of Poker. He lives with his wife of more than 24 years, Lisa, and their two daughters, Emily and Abigail.
2007-2011 Secretary, Kentucky Finance and Administration Cabinet
2000-2007 Kentucky State Treasurer
1997-1999: Attorney, Miller, Griffin & Marks, Lexington, KY
1996-1997: Deputy Chief of Staff, U.S. Department of Energy
1992-1996: Attorney, Latham & Watkins, Washington, DC
1987-1992: Aide to then-Senator Al Gore
Highlights & Recognitions
- As Secretary of Finance and Administration, he chaired pension reform efforts, led the way on the Administration’s broadband expansion program, spearheaded the Governor’s e-transparency initiative, and launched a first-in-the-country Green Bank to fund public energy efficiency initiatives.
- Among his many accomplishments as Kentucky State Treasurer was the creation of Kentucky’s Affordable Prepaid Tuition (KAPT) program, which has helped make it easier for nearly 10,000 families to afford college.
- Named by the Aspen Institute as one of 24 members of the first class of its Rodel Fellowship program, whose mission is to enhance our democracy by identifying and bringing together the nation's most promising young political leaders.
- Appointed by President George W. Bush in 2002 to the National Summit on Retirement Savings, and named the same year to the Executive Monitoring Commission of local and state financial officers that monitored the return of assets seized during the Holocaust to their rightful owners.
- Winner in 2010 of the University of Kentucky’s First Annual Public Service Sustainability Award, “in recognition of the personal commitment to environmental issues and sustainability practices”; and of the 2009 President’s Award from the U.S. Green Building Council.
Memberships & Affiliations
- Kentucky Bar Association, Member
- Lexington Urban League, Former Board Member
- Temple Adath Israel, Member
- Former state treasurer appointed member-in-charge of Frost Brown Todd, Lexington
- Panama Canal expansion could have economic impact on Western Kentucky
- Petition: Replace Jefferson Davis statue in Capitol with tribute to Muhammad Ali
- Rand Paul’s presidential bid altered Kentucky’s political landscape
- What to expect from the Kentucky General Assembly session
- Animal welfare as the salvation of horse racing?
Civic & Charitable Organizations
- Co-founder, No Labels
- Member, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee
- Teaches Sunday School to high school students at Temple Adath Israel since 1998 on the subject of Tikkun Olam, healing the world.
Non-FBT Publications and Events
Extensive local and national public communication experiences, including as a Contributor to The Daily Beast, The Huffington Post and The Times of Israel, founder of The Recovering Politician blog, a featured address at the 2000 Democratic National Convention, being pictured on the cover of The New Democrat as one of nation's 100 rising stars; and has appeared on dozens of national news talk shows including: MSNBC’s The Cycle, Fox News’ Fox and Friends and Happening Now, CNN’s America’s Choice and Crossfire, CNBC’s Morning Call, NBC’s Dateline NBC, C-SPAN’s Washington Journal, and Bloomberg’s Market Makers; serves as a semi-regular American politics commentator for Canada’s CTV News and the Wall Street Journal’s Daily Wrap; and even played straight man to correspondent/comedian Al Madrigal on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. He has also testified before the U.S. House on energy efficiency and the U.S. Senate on student credit card debt.
Author: The Compassionate Community, Ten Values to Unite America (Palgrave Macmillan: 2006), a critically lauded book on the role of faith and values in public policy, with an afterword by Vice President Al Gore. Twelve-state national book tour.
The Liberal Case for Israel (The Recovering Politician: 2011)
The Recovering Politician’s Twelve Step Program to Survive Crisis (The Recovering Politician: 2013)