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The Maryland Statehouse in Annapolis, where Mike Miller presided over the Senate for 33 years.

Maryland’s Long-Serving Senate President Dies

By Julie Lays | Jan. 20, 2021 | State Legislatures Magazine

Maryland Senate President Emeritus Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D) “passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by loved ones,” his family reported Jan. 15. The cause of death was complications from prostate cancer.

Miller was 78. He had served more than half his life in the Maryland Senate and 33 years as its president, making him the nation’s longest-serving president of a state Senate.

A lawyer, Miller received his law degree from the University of Maryland School of Law and was admitted to the Maryland Bar in 1967. He considered the restoration of the Chesapeake Bay and his support for public higher education to be his two greatest accomplishments.

Miller won more awards than can be mentioned here, but said he hoped people would remember him as “not flamboyant, but someone who did his job, and did his job as best as he could.”

He is survived by his wife, Patricia, five children and 15 grandchildren, along with three brothers and five sisters.

Julie Lays is the editor of State Legislatures magazine.

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