FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
January 6, 2021
Contact: Press@paul.senate.gov, 202-224-4343
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) released the following statement on the loss of his long-time senior adviser and former State Director Jim Milliman, who passed away after long-term complications due to a previous stroke:
“Kelley and I, and our entire team, are heartbroken over the loss of our dear friend, my long-time adviser and former State Director, Jim Milliman. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Nan and all those who had the honor of knowing Jim. He was a great American, proud Kentuckian, loyal teammate, and loving husband. He will be truly missed,” said Dr. Paul.
For your reference, below is the transcript of remarks Dr. Paul gave on the floor of the Senate when Mr. Milliman retired from the State Director position in October of 2019 and transitioned into a senior adviser role. You can view the video HERE.
Sen. Rand Paul Honors Longtime State Director Jim Milliman - Oct. 29, 2019
“I rise today to honor and pay tribute to one of the most tenacious and dedicated Kentuckians I’ve had the pleasure of knowing, Mr. Jim Milliman.
“Jim began his career in 1964, after graduating from the University of Notre Dame in 1964. He subsequently graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Louisville Law School in 1970.
“He married Nan Milliman, and they made their home in Louisville, KY. They have been married for 48 years.
“When I first met Jim, I knew him as one of Kentucky’s finest attorneys, who represented Brown & Williamson during their tobacco litigation and the state Republicans in election law matters. I knew him as an accomplished managing partner of the Louisville-based law firm, Middleton Reutlinger.
“And I knew him as the fiery conservative co-host who often sat opposite Congressman John Yarmuth on WAVE 3 TV’s political show “Hot Button” for spirited debates.
“After over 40 successful years in commercial litigation, and numerous awards from his peers, such as being named one of the top 50 attorneys in Kentucky, Jim decided to retire…. From the law at least.
“In 2010, right after I was elected to the Senate, I went out on a limb, and I asked Jim to come back out of retirement to be my State Director for Kentucky. I am truly grateful that he said yes, because for nearly a decade, Jim has served in that role and been one of my most trusted advisers.
“Anyone who knows Jim knows that he is a force to be reckoned with. He is fiercely loyal, a real problem solver, and a highly accomplished legal mind. Moreover, he is an incredibly kind person who cares deeply about his friends and colleagues.
“When I ran for President, Jim spearheaded the approval of a caucus for Kentucky so I would not be kept from the ballot for President and the U.S. Senate.
“Recently, Jim has decided to transition from the daily State Director duties into more of an advisory role.
“Considering he tried to retire over 10 years ago, I think it’s well deserved! No matter in what capacity, I will always be thankful to have Jim as a part of my team, as an ally and adviser.
“He has dedicated so much of his time to the pursuit of liberty and freedom… to defending the principles that made this nation great… to supporting a pro-Kentucky policy agenda.
“Thank you, Jim, for your service to Kentucky and this country.
“I yield the floor.”