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Penn State Alum Nick Miller Becomes Youngest Pennsylvania State Senator In Over 100 Years

At 28 years old, Penn State graduate Nick Miller was sworn into the Pennsylvania State Senate on December 1, officially becoming the youngest person elected to the position in more than 123 years. His mother, Lehigh County Judge Michele Varricchio, delivered him the oath of office.

Miller defeated Republican opponent Dean Browning on November 8, 2022. Earning 53.3% of the vote and 5,742 more votes than Browning, Miller secured his representation of Pennsylvania’s 14th District.

Miller began his college experience at Penn State Lehigh Valley before moving to University Park in 2013. He did research in Peru, the Netherlands, and Tunisia during his time at Penn State, working as many as 110 hours per week. 

Miller graduated in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in finance and went on to work as a project manager at IBM. 

Miller was also elected to the Allentown School Board in 2019, making him one of its youngest members. The new state senator intends to prioritize Pennsylvania’s school systems during his time in office.

“There is no better investment of state dollars than in education,” Miller said in a release. “It is the foundation for success, and we need funding for both vocational institutions and colleges.”

Miller’s other goals include supporting small businesses and the LGBTQ community, addressing water safety, and protecting the environment.

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