Annapolis, MD – October 24, 2019 – Governor Larry Hogan today issued the following statement on Senate President Thomas V. “Mike” Miller Jr.’s announcement that he is stepping down as Senate President:
“On behalf of a grateful state, I want to sincerely thank Senate President Mike Miller for his 33 years of dedicated service as president of the Maryland Senate.
“As the longest continuously serving presiding officer in the nation, President Miller has been a strong, unifying leader for the legislature and the state. His steady presence and trademark humor will be deeply missed as President, but we are pleased to know that Mike will continue to represent the people of District 27 in the Senate.
“I have immense respect for Mike Miller. For the past year, he has shown all of us what courage and determination look like as he faces a very tough personal battle. As we celebrate his historic tenure as president of the Senate, Maryland’s First Lady and I ask all Marylanders to join us in praying for him and his family.”
October 24, 2019 – U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement regarding Senator Mike Miller’s announcement that he will step down as the President of the Maryland Senate:
“I saw my dear friend Mike Miller last night at the Morgan State tribute to Elijah Cummings. Mike insisted that the doctors let him out of the hospital to eulogize Elijah. That’s Mike. Always there for friends; always there for Maryland.
“Mike Miller has dedicated his life to serving Marylanders and set the gold standard for true leadership in the State Senate. I was proud to serve under him, and to this day appreciate his mentorship and wisdom. His guiding hand will be missed, but I’m confident that Bill Ferguson will serve our state well.”
October 24, 2019 – Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05) released the following statement today after Maryland Senate President Thomas V. “Mike” Miller Jr. announced he would step down as Senate President:
“I join my fellow Marylanders in thanking Mike Miller for his thirty-two years of service as Senate President. Mike is a consensus builder, artful politician, and an institution in our state. Throughout his distinguished tenure as Senate President, Mike has been a champion for Maryland families, for the health of Chesapeake Bay, for improving transportation in our state, and for equal opportunity and justice. As a fellow Terp, I have appreciated Mike’s steadfast support and advocacy for the University of Maryland. He has fought to ensure that students across our state have access to quality education, from early childhood learning to post-secondary institutions. Everything Mike has done has been with an eye toward the long-term success of the American Dream in Maryland.
“Every time Mike has run for office, he and I have been on the same ticket. As a former President of the Maryland Senate, I know how much hard work and dedication is required to lead the body. Though often wearing a stern face, Mike has displayed his soft and caring heart in the efforts he has led to bring hope and opportunity to Marylanders, displaying a deep respect and admiration for the institution of the Senate throughout his tenure and a belief in its ability to deliver for the people it serves.
“I join in congratulating Senator Bill Ferguson on his unanimous selection by the Senate Democratic Caucus to succeed Mike as President of the Senate. His dedication to his community and experience serving in the State Senate make him an excellent choice to take the mantle of leadership from Mike. I know he will continue to build on the important work Mike has done for the people of Maryland.
“Mike remains a dear friend, and I continue to keep him and his family in my prayers. The people of Maryland are lucky to have had Mike Miller as their Senate President and are fortunate to have his continued service.”