Former Maryland Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr., a political institution in the state, died Friday after a battle with cancer. He was 78.
“At 4:25 p.m. this afternoon, Maryland Senate President Emeritus Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. passed away peacefully at his home, surrounded by loved ones,” Miller’s family said in a statement.
Gov. Larry Hogan has ordered state flags lowered to half-staff until sunset on the day of Miller’s interment.
“Serving the people of our great state was Mike Miller’s life’s work, and he did so with unrelenting passion and courage for a remarkable 50 years,” Hogan said in a statement. “Even as he waged a hard-fought battle with cancer, I was blessed to continue to benefit from Mike’s wisdom and trademark humor. He was, in every sense, a lion of the Senate.”
Miller was the longest-serving Senate president in the body’s history, serving from 1987 to 2019. He continued as a state senator through 2020 until he retired in December, citing health issues.