State Representative for Pike Creek/Hockessin ending a 30-year career with Delaware politics
State Rep. Joe Miro, R-Pike Creek Valley, announced today he will not seek re-election when his current term expires in November, according to a press release from Legislative Hall on Thursday, March 8.
Rep. Miro, who will turn 72-years-old two weeks after the 149th General Assembly concludes its legislative session July 1st, said he is leaving because he wants more of an opportunity to travel and spend time with his wife and family.
First elected in 1998, Miro has served 10 consecutive terms serving the people of the 22nd Representative District in northwest New Castle County.
During his time in the General Assembly, Miro said he is especially proud of sponsoring the law that bans texting or using a hand-held cell phone while driving.
“It took a couple of attempts to find support for that bill,” Miro said. “Obviously, distracted driving is still a big issue, but I’m convinced that law has helped deter it, preventing accidents and saving lives.”
A 31-year teaching career at Newark High School gave Miro a special insight into educational issues that he carried into his work as a legislator, the release states.
“I successfully sponsored legislation to reform a key aspect of funding teachers in the classroom and I have been an advocate for improving school security.”
During his tenure, Miro has served as the chair of the House Economic Development, Banking, and Insurance Committee and helped facilitate better economic ties between Delaware and Taiwan.
For a decade, Miro was a member of the influential Joint Finance Committee (JFC), a group pf 12 legislators charged with crafting the state’s annual multi-billion operating budget.
Born in Mantanzas, Cuba, Joe Miro arrived in this country 56 years ago this month at the age of 15 – one of more than 14,000 youths that left Cuba between December 1960 and October 1962 fleeing the communist regime of Fidel Castro.
About half of the Cuban minors were reunited in the U.S. with relatives or friends. The other half, including Miro, were placed in temporary shelters for eventual relocation. That process eventually led him to Wilmington.
“I’m very happy to have come to here,” Miro said, who attended high school in Delaware and earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees at nearby colleges. “I have five kids and a wife of 49 years, so I was really very fortunate to come to a wonderful place like Delaware, where I was able to take advantage of the opportunities this country has to offer. One of the reasons I ran for office is that I wanted to give back to this country for the opportunity it’s provided to me and my family to have the American Dream.”