Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. announced Thursday he will end his unparalleled three-decade tenure leading the Maryland chamber, a reign so dominant that it shaped the course of Maryland policy for many generations.
After a closed-door meeting of Democratic senators, the powerful 76-year-old Senate president who is battling cancer said at a news conference that he would return to the role of senator representing parts of Prince George’s, Calvert and Charles counties.
“It’s been a great run. I’ve enjoyed every minute of it,” Miller told reporters, as he was flanked by dozens of senators. But he said it’s now too difficult to keep up with the demands of being Senate president, a role he has held since 1987.
“My mind is strong, but my body is weak…,” Miller said. “I suffer from anemia, I suffer from fatigue. This is a full-time job, it’s a statewide job and we need somebody younger.”
Miller is said to have told The Washington Post that his battle with cancer had sapped his energy and he did not want “to be perceived as lingering on or trying to hold on to something past my time.”
Miller, 76, is the country’s longest-serving senate president in the entire United States. He has wielded power in the Maryland Senate since before some current senators were born. He controls everything including courts in Maryland. No one can win a state case without his consent. He is said to know all the judges who must be screened before being elevated to the job and his son works in the Maryland legal system as a senior officer.
He said he will cede the presidency but intends to serve the remaining three years on his term as a rank-and-file senator. “I don’t intend to go cut the cord completely,” he said in an phone interview from a hospital room earlier this week according to Washington Post reporter. The interview was embargoed until Miller announced his decision, the report reported.
Miller, is battling Stage 4 prostate cancer that has metastasized to his spine and pelvic area.
The larger-than-life Democratic lawmaker has been undergoing chemotherapy treatments including during the annual legislative sessions, and he has lost much of his hair and some of his energy. Doctors say the cancer may be containable, but there is no cure.
On or around July 25th, 2018, Senator Mike Miller came under major political attack by Ms. Theresa Dudley, current president of the Prince George’s County Educators’ Association (PGCEA) who is engaged in conflicts of interests. During the meeting, Dudley unveiled a chain bought at Home Depot and said county officials, including those elected to the central committee, have for too long been controlled by “the master who lives in Calvert County,” referring to state Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D), whose district also includes part of Prince George’s. As fate had it, Dudley is currently serving two masters and should resign one position due to conflicts of interests in politics. She is also engaged in a pattern of racketeering activity in PGCPS involving well connected individuals facilitating union corruption starting with Dr. Alvin Thornton and others for personal gain.
We wish Senator Mike Miller well.
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