Jonathan S. Miller
Jonathan is counsel in Frost Brown Todd’s business combinations and capital transactions department. Prior to joining the firm, Jonathan was the Secretary of Finance and Administration to Governor Steve Beshear. 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.
Previously, Jonathan served two terms as Kentucky’s State Treasurer, first elected statewide in 1999, then reelected in 2003. Among his many accomplishments 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.
Prior to his state government service, Jonathan practiced law at the Washington, D.C. office of Latham & Watkins and at Miller, Griffin & Marks in Lexington. He also has served as Deputy Chief of Staff at the U.S. Department of Energy in the Clinton Administration, Legislative Director to Congressman Jim Cooper, and a longtime aide to former Vice President Al Gore.
Jonathan has more than 20 years of experience in the practice of law, including environmental, finance, securities litigation, telecommunications, and government relations. He was also the winner of the University of Kentucky’s First Annual Public Service Sustainability Award for 2010.
Jonathan lives with his wife of more than 21 years and his two daughters, Emily and Abigail.
2007-2011 Secretary, Kentucky Finance and Administration Cabinet
May 2007-December 2007 Chairman, Kentucky Democratic Party
2000-2007 Kentucky State Treasurer
Highlights & Recognitions
- 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, Board Member
Civic & Charitable Organizations
- Taught 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 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 appearing on a variety of national television talk shows, such as Dateline NBC, CNBC's Squawk Box, and CNN's Crossfire.
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.