Douglas R. “Doug” Miller

 

 

 

The Braunfels Foundation Trust named Doug Miller a Living Legend of New Braunfels not because he was our State Representative in Austin for four terms.   That is just one of Doug’s former titles, and his service in the Legislature is only one example of his many contributions to New Braunfels.

Miller was born in Gonzales and moved to New Braunfels where he attended kindergarten at First Protestant Church and Goodwin Elementary.  After graduation from Canyon High School in 1972, Doug enrolled at Southwest Texas State – now Texas State — where driving a school bus helped pay for college.  During this time, he started a band, The Sounds of Country Music, which later became Doug Miller and the Rhythm Riders.  In his senior year at SWSTU, Doug joined the New Braunfels Police Department as a reserve police officer and three months before his graduation in 1976 was hired as a full-time Patrolman.  A few months later, Officer Miller threw a party at his apartment’s clubhouse and danced with a girl who would become his wife.  Fortunately, Anne Louise Mund met Doug’s dad two days before he passed away, and the couple was engaged a month after that first dance and married a year later.

In 1978, Doug began his insurance career with the John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Company, son Douglas II was born, and he began his civic activities.  At the urging of his brother, Joe, Doug joined the New Braunfels Jaycees where he was recognized as the “Outstanding Young New Braunfelser,” “Jaycee of the Year”, and served as president.  That same year, at age 24, he got a green vest, becoming a member of the Wursfest Association.  In 1979, Doug bought the Ferguson Insurance Company and a few years later joined with Frank Witting to open Miller and Witting Insurance Agency.  Doug is currently President of Miller and Miller Insurance Agency.

In 1981, Doug ran for the New Braunfels City Council losing by exactly one hundred votes.  Disappointed but not discouraged, Doug ran again and was elected to the Council in 1987.  A year later, he was elected Mayor, and Doug and Anne Louise welcomed daughter Amanda.

Although Doug would lose his next election as county commissioner, his public service was not over.  In 1993, Doug was appointed to the Board of the newly-established Edwards Aquifer Authority which he had helped create.  In 2008, after fifteen years on the Edwards board and serving as its Chair, Doug was elected to the Texas House of Representatives for four terms.

Doug was recognized in 1988 with the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce’s outstanding citizen honor, The Besserung Award and inducted into the Hall of Honor in 2007.  He was both the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung’s “Citizen of the Year” and the Comal Independent School District’s “Outstanding Graduate” in 1997.  He received the NBISD “Silver Unicorn Award” and along with Anne was the Chamber’s Small Business of the Year in 2003.  Additionally, Doug has served as president of the Comal County Fair Association, Wurstfest Association, Comal County United Way, and the NBISD Education Foundation.  Additionally, he was Chair of the Board of the Greater New Chamber of Commerce.

Doug is a major in the Texas Guard and was awarded their “Outstanding Service Medal” in 2012.  He is a thirty-year member of the Downtown Rotary Club and a Baron in the Braunfels Foundation Trust, a member of Oakwood Baptist Church, current Chair of the Texas Legislative Conference, and Finance Chair of the 175th Anniversary Celebration of New Braunfels.

Police officer, mayor, state representative, and musician are a few of Doug Miller’s titles.  He is also a husband, father to Amanda and Douglas, and proud grandfather to McKinley and Korbyn.   Doug has served our community with distinction and the Braunfels Foundation Trust is honored to bestow a new title on Doug — Living Legend of New Braunfels.