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Nevada State Library and Archives

Governor Robert Miller (1989 – 1999)

The information below has been compiled from a variety of sources. If the reader has access to information that can be documented and that will correct or add to this woman’s biographical information, please contact the Nevada Women’s History Project.

At A Glance:

Born: 1949 (Denver, CO)
Maiden Name: Sandra Ann “Sandy” Searles
Race/Nationality/Ethnic Background: Caucasian
Married: 2 Nov 1973 (Las Vegas, NV)
Children: Ross, Corrine, Megan
Primary City and County of Residence and Work:
Carson City, Las Vegas, NV
Major Fields of Work: First Lady
Other Role Identities: Wife, Mother, Teacher, Community Activist


  • “The lady of the mansion.” Nevada Appeal [Carson City] 19 Mar. 1989, sec. Carson Lifestyles: 2. Print.
  • “Students’ CCSN work rewarded.” Las Vegas Sun 9 Jan. 1997:8A. Print.
  • Hinds, Teresa. “Nevada’s first lady unveils child education program.”lasvegassun.com. Las Vegas Sun. 14 Mar. 1997. Web. 22 July 2010.
  • Nadler, Art. “Reading to children vital in their development. lasvegassun.com. Las Vegas Sun. 7 June 1997. Web. 22 July 2010.
  • Nadler, Art. “Sandy Miller heads group looking to aid state’s youth.” lasvegas.com. Las Vegas Sun. 6 May 1997. Web. 22 July 2010.
  • “Mansion repair plan unveiled by Miller, 3 former governors.” lasvegassun.com. Las Vegas Sun. 11 May 1997. Web. 22 July 2010.
  • “Reading’s first lady.” Reno Gazette Journal 27 Feb. 1997, sec. D: 1. Print.
  • “The Child Inside: Miller Maintains Youthful Outlook.” Reno Evening Gazette. 9 Nov. 1997, sec. B: 2. Print.
  • “Life with father: Nevada’s First Families Try to Lead Normal Lives in Governor’s Mansion.” Reno Evening Gazette 2 Nov. 1997, sec. B: 1. Print.
  • “Governor’s Kids Roll Call.” Reno Gazette Journal 2 Nov. 1997, sec. B: 2. Print.
  • Ferguson, Lisa. “Las Valentines.” lasvegassun.com. Las Vegas Sun, 13 Feb 1998. Web. 20 Aug. 2010.
  • “Governor’s Wife Seeks, Regents Establish Institute for Children at UNLV.” Las Vegas Review Journal 1 May 1998, sec. B: 2: Print.
  • “A Capital Sense of Humor.” UNLV Magazine. Spring 1998, p. 6-9, 25,28.
  • “Mansion Makeover.” Las Vegas Review Journal 13 Sept. 1998, sec. B: 1, 5. Print.
  • Chayra, Sharon C.. “Raising Nevada.” Las Vegas Life Nov. 1998: 32-35. Print.
  • Nylen, Robert A., and Guy Louis Rocha. “Sandy (Searles) Miller.” State of Nevada: The historical Governor’s Mansion. Carson City, Nevada: Dema Guinn, the Nevada Commission on Tourism, Nevada Magazine, and the Nevada Department of Cultural Affairs. 2005:47. Print.
  • Miller, Governor Bob. “Nevada’s First Lady Sandy Miller.” Office of the Governor Bob Miller: The Miller Decade: January 3, 1990 – January 4, 1999. Carson City: State of Nevada, 1999. 20-24. Print.
  • “Partners in Office and Life.” Las Vegas Review Journal 3 Jan. 1999, sec. B: 1, 3,4. Print.
  • “Elegant Tea Party Honors Nevada’s First Ladies” Las Vegas Review Journal 27 Oct. 1999, sec. E: 7. Print.
  • Guinn, Kenny C. “A Proclamation by the Governor.” State of Nevada Executive Department 15 April 2004.
  • “Father of ex-Nevada first lady dies at 76” Las Vegas Review Journal 5 Nov. 2004, sec. B: 6. Print.
  • Richmond. Emily. “Ad points to accomplishments of high school seniors-Ex-first lady collects stats, donations for a full page of good news.” lasvegassun.com. Las Vegas Sun. 16 June 2010. Web. 22 July 2010.
  • “Inaugural Ad-Dress.” Luxury Las Vegas Magazine. Feb. 2009: 56. Print.
  • Harpster, Jack. The Dean of governors: Governor Robert Miller.”100 Years in the Nevada Governor’s Mansion. Las Vegas, NV: Stephens Press, LLC, 2009. 198-213. Print
  • Myers, Laura. “First ladies share lives, laughs.” Las Vegas Review Journal 12 January 2014. sec B:1, B:10. Print