Pam Miller graduated from Smith College in 1960, Magna Cum Laude, with a degree in European History. She married Ralph Miller in 1962 a physician at UK Health Care, with whom she has three children, two boys and one girl. Ms. Miller was a reporter and editor at the Congressional Quarterly in Washington, D.C. from 1962-65. She then moved into a grant writer position at ABCD, the anti-poverty program in Boston from 1966-69.
The Miller family moved to Kentucky in 1970 and served on the Lexington Urban County Council from 1974-77 and 1981-93. She was the first woman elected to this post. She served as Mayor of Lexington-Fayette County from 1993-2003, again the first woman to serve in this capacity.
Since retiring from local government, she has served on many community and statewide boards, including the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence (chair, 2006-2010), the Lexington Opera Society (chair, 2007-2009) and now serves on the state Council on Post-Secondary Education after being appointed by the Governor in 2008.