2018-04-04 / Front Page

Gov. Zell Miller dies


GSP troopers carry Gov. Miller’s casket during one of last week’s memorial services in remembrance of his many years of service Georgia. GSP troopers carry Gov. Miller’s casket during one of last week’s memorial services in remembrance of his many years of service Georgia. Former Governor and U.S. Senator Zell Miller died March 23 at his home in Young Harris, Ga., following a battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was 86.

The 79th governor of Georgia, serving from 1991 through 1999, he also represented Georgia in the U.S. Senate from 2000 to 2005.

As governor, he created the HOPE scholarship, and Georgia’s voluntary pre-kindergarten program. According to the Miller Institute Foundation, more than 1.8 million students have gone to college in Georgia on HOPE scholarships, and more than 1.6 million four-year-olds have begun their education through the pre-K program.

“These were his proudest achievements in his 46-year career in public service,” the foundation said in a statement Friday.

Miller’s political career began in 1959, when he served as mayor of Young Harris, moving on to become a Georgia state senator from 1961 to 1965. He then served as Georgia’s lieutenant governor from 1975 to 1991, making him the longest serving lieutenant governor in Georgia’s history.

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