COLLEGE PARK, Md. — The longest-serving state senate president in Maryland’s history, Thomas V. “Mike” Miller Jr. (D-Calvert), has had another building named in his honor. After not long ago having the Maryland Senate office building named after him, he has now gotten a building designation in his name at the flagship school of the state and his alma mater, the University of Maryland (UMD).

The announcement, made on June 29, named the campus’ main administration building the Thomas V. Miller Jr. Administration Building.

“For the first five years I held office as Maryland’s governor, I had the privilege of serving alongside senate president emeritus, Mike Miller,” Maryland Governor Larry Hogan[R] said in the video announcement. “After a historic tenure as the longest continuously serving presiding officer in the nation, Mike Miller continues to be a strong, unifying leader for the legislature and for the state of Maryland… As a proud Terp, his passionate advocacy has had a profound impact on the entire University System of Maryland. The dedication of the Thomas V. Miller Jr. Administration Building is a fitting tribute to a lifetime of selfless service.”

Miller, whose district encompasses parts of Calvert, Charles, and Prince George’s Counties, was first elected to the House of Delegates in 1970 and eventually to the state Senate four years later.

UMD cited several projects that Miller helped secure finances for which includes the Xfinity Center, Bioscience Research Building, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Cole Field House, and more.

“For all that Maryland Senate President Mike Miller has done, over the course of three decades, for the students, the faculty, and the staff of UMD,” outgoing UMD President Wallace Loh said. “Those who are here now; those who came before; and those who will come in the generations ahead — we proudly, and gratefully, etch his name in stone, upon this landmark Main Administration Building.”

Miller stepped down from his leadership position after being diagnosed with prostate cancer in October of 2019. He has stated that he will look to serve out the remainder of his term which expires in 2022.

“I want to thank everybody who made this possible, especially my wife of 55 years who I met here on the College Park campus. We’ve been together ever since.” Miller said in a release from UMD. “This is our home away from home and I am very grateful for this honor.”

SOURCE: Facebook via Senator Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr.

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