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Q+A:

Ross Miller: If you tell a joke, don’t forget the punchline

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Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller testifies at the Legislative Building in Carson City, Nev., on Thursday, March 14, 2013. Miller is urging lawmakers to support a bill that would update the state’s polling books to include electronic voter photos.

With the close of 2013, here is the next in our series of Q&As with 13 prominent Nevada personalities, who were asked to answer 13 questions in 13 or fewer words.

Ross Miller, Nevada Secretary of State

Living or dead, what person do you admire the most?

My parents, Bob and Sandy Miller. They've taught and given me so much.

What is the best quality you like about a person?

Honesty. It’s the foundation for every interaction you have with another person.

What are you currently reading?

"Regulating Internet Gaming: Challenges and Opportunities," by Anthony Cabot and Ngai Pindell.

How do you prefer to get your news and literature: digital or hard copy?

Both. I’ll go wherever I need to go to get information.

What is your most recognizable characteristic?

My competitive spirit. Many people know I train in mixed martial arts.

Which words or phrases do you overuse?

As a parent, sometimes I say, “Stop it,” more often than, “I love you.”

What makes you happy?

Seeing four generations of the Miller family together and happy.

What is your most prized possession?

My wedding ring and photos of the wonderful kids my marriage gave me.

What is your most embarrassing moment as a prominent figure?

I told a long-winded joke at a crowded banquet, then forgot the punchline.

If you could make up the Nevada state motto, what would it be?

Nevada: A silver history; a golden future.

What is your greatest accomplishment in 2013?

Revolutionizing business creation through the digital operating agreement software at www.nvsilverflume.gov.

Any regrets this past year?

None. “A man is not old until regrets take the place of dreams.” — John Barrymore

What is your top priority moving into 2014?

Ensure the Secretary of State's Office operates at its very best for my successor.

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