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Maryland Senate President Emeritus Thomas V. Mike Miller Guestbook

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The oldest of 10 children, Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr. was born on December 3, 1942 in Clinton, Maryland in Southern Prince George’s County. Educated in the Prince George’s public school system, Mike received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Maryland College Park in 1964, and went on to study law at the University of Maryland School of Law. Graduating in 1967, he was admitted to the Maryland State and Prince George’s County Bar Associations that same year and has been in private practice for 40 years with offices in both Prince George’s and Calvert Counties.

Senator Miller married his wife Patti after meeting as a student at the University of Maryland. They settled into Mike’s hometown of Clinton, Maryland and raised a family of five, one son and four daughters, who themselves had 14 children. After many happy years in Clinton, MD, the family moved to Chesapeake Beach in Calvert County. Mike and Patti were together for 61 years before his passing.

Senator Miller grew up in Clinton, MD, graduated from Surrattsville High School, the University of Maryland, College Park, and the University of Maryland, School of Law. He served as a member of the House of Delegates from 1971-1975, and has served in the Senate since his election in 1974. He has served as Chair of the Judicial Proceedings Committee, as President of the Senate Presidents’ Forum, Chair of the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, and has served on numerous state and local boards.

As Chairman of the Judicial Proceedings Committee, Mike led his committee members by enacting reform of divorce laws, greater protections for victims, and increased public safety for Marylanders. As a Committee Chairman, Senator Miller recognized the importance of true leadership and in 1987 his fellow Senators elected him President of the Maryland Senate. He was elected to that position for 32 years in a row, making him the longest serving Senate President in Maryland and our nation’s history. In 2019, Senator Miller chose to step down as Senate President, and continued to serve with the title he loved – Senator – until his retirement from the Senate on December 23, 2020.

As Senate President, Senator Miller worked with five Governors, four Speakers of the House, and numerous other leaders to improve Maryland’s education system, clean the Chesapeake Bay, and provide health care coverage to millions of Marylanders. He was the recipient of many local, state, and national awards including the William M. Bulger Excellence in State Legislative Leadership Award from the State Legislative Leaders Foundation, the W. Paul White State & Regional Leadership Award from the Council of State Governments, the Maryland Horse Breeders Association’s Tesio Award, was named Marylander of the Year by the Maryland Historical Society, and is one of the only non-athletes in the University of Maryland Athletic Hall of Fame.

Aside from his love of the Senate and community, the focus of Senator Miller’s life was his family, and he loved watching them and spending time with them in large family gatherings. In addition, Senator Miller grew a law firm with multiple locations and 15 employees throughout Southern Maryland, helping thousands of Marylanders. In his spare time, Senator Miller was an avid reader, especially interested in Maryland and Civil War history.