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Former congressman, Seattle council member John Miller dies

John Miller in April 1973, (Photo: Seattle Municipal Archives)

SEATTLE -- John Miller, who served Seattle on the City Council and as a member of Congress, has died. He was 79.

The Discovery Institute, for whom Miller was a senior fellow and founder of its Cascadia Center on Regional Transportation, announced his death. He had suffered from cancer and died in Corte Madera, California.

Miller was elected to the City Council in 1971. The institute said he was part of a reform group called CHECC (Choose an Effective City Council). He was also a Republican in that non-partisan office.

He helped to rehabilitate Pike Place Market, create housing for the poor and establish the P-Patch garden program, the Discovery Institute said. It also said he was an early proponent of tearing down the Alaskan Way Viaduct.

He was elected to Congress in 1984 and served until 1993. He emphasized the liberation of European states from Communist rule and improving the lives of Soviet Jews, the Discovery Institute said.

Miller also helped the transfer of Sand Point Naval Air Station to the city. Today it is Magnuson Park.

In 2002, President George W. Bush appointed him an ambassador-at-large for human trafficking.

In August, Amazon published his novel "The Man Who Could Be King," It is about a critical decision in the Life of George Washington.

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