Rep. Borris Miles threatens cop, cements image

State Rep. Borris Miles made more headway this session in cementing his reputation in the Texas House.

Miles, D-Houston, isn’t known for putting in the longest hours. He’s not looked at as the most prolific bill-filer. And he also will never be accused of being the chamber’s most thoughtful member.


Rather, Miles may be recognized as the hottest head and the quickest on the draw.

Just a week ago, on April Fool’s Day, Miles threatened to “beat up” a plainclothes Texas Department of Public Safety trooper who was part of the detail protecting Attorney General Ken Paxton, Terri Langford of the Texas Tribune reported Tuesday.

Read the article here.

The recent incident comes a few years after other confrontations that many members still remember.

Back in 2007, a year after first being elected to the Texas House, Miles shot and wounded a burglar. The Houston Chronicle reported that police said the injured man was trying to steal copper from the Miles’ 9,000-square-foot house. Miles was not charged, and the shooting was self-defense, the Chronicle reported.

Then in 2008, Miles again engaged in some gun play. He reportedly brandished a weapon at a holiday party at the St. Regis Hotel in Houston. The Houston Chronicle reported at the time that Miles entered the ballroom “uninvited, confronting guests, displaying a pistol and forcibly kissing another man’s wife.”

Miles owns and operate Borris L. Miles Insurance, the third largest African-American owned independent insurance agency in the U.S., according to his official House bio.


Author: Tim Eaton

Tim is a reporter on the State Desk at the Austin American-Statesman. He covers the Texas House and several topics, such as immigration, insurance and any other issue that starts with an "i."

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