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Health reasons prompt Sen. Mike Miller to step down from Senate

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Calling it the greatest honor of his life, Senate President Emeritus Mike Miller said Wednesday he’s stepping down from public life.”For more than a half century, it has been my privilege to serve the people of Maryland,” Miller wrote in a letter sent Wednesday to Senate President Bill Ferguson.Read the senator’s resignation letter”I’m stepping down as the senator from District 27. I have cancer, that’s the reason I stepped down as the president of the Senate,” Miller said in a Zoom call Wednesday afternoon.In October 2019, Miller stepped down from his post of Senate president due to health issues related to prostate cancer. In January 2019, on the second day of the legislative session, Miller announced he was fighting stage 4 prostate cancer.At the time, Miller decided to step down as Senate president but kept his 27th District Senate seat. He already announced he would not seek reelection in 2022.”I am very grateful to have served,” Miller said.Now 78, Miller chose to step down from his Senate seat. He said he thought he could continue on as his mind and heart are strong, but he said the cancer is all through his bones.”My body is wracked with pain. As a consequence, physically, I am not able to do the job. I have no strength in my right side, and to be a state senator and to do the job well, you’ve got to be available 24 hours a day mentally, as well as physically,” Miller said.Roger Hartley, the dean of the University of Baltimore’s College of Public Affairs, called Miller’s retirement an historic loss.”He was the longest-serving Senate president in the United States, actually, so it’s a historic moment for the United States as well as the state of Maryland,” Hartley said.Hartley said Miller is going to be known throughout history as a person who, in a very Democratic state, did his best to forge relationships and be a compromiser.”He is going to be known for amazing pieces of legislation that changed this state and changed the people of this state, everything from legalization of same-sex marriage to protection of the (Chesapeake) Bay, to ending the death penalty,” Hartley said.”During my tenure in the Senate of Maryland and my time serving as president, it was the greatest honor of my life in large part because I have seen the Senate rise above partisan and other differences time and time again,” Miller wrote in his resignation letter. “I have seen the Senate come together and unite to get the work of the people of Maryland done.”Senate President Bill Ferguson said he has learned so much from the man who led the Senate for 33 years.”I am absolutely saddened to see him go,” Ferguson said. “I also had the opportunity to reflect on the incredible impact he has had on the state of Maryland its people for these last 50 years in public service. It is truly remarkable, and I’m just grateful to have had the opportunity to learn with him.”Miller said he hopes people remember him like this: “That he was a hard worker. He was ethical.””He’s somebody who had a steady hand, who fought every day for the people of Maryland and who came to Annapolis to solve problems, took on controversies by unifying people,” Ferguson said.Miller thanked his mother, who encouraged him to get into politics, and his wife, children and grandchildren, who always supported him.”I owe so many people — my mom got me involved in politics, people like Franklin Roosevelt, Douglas MacArthur, Abraham Lincoln,” Miller said.Earlier Wednesday morning, Gov. Larry Hogan thanked Miller for his decades of service to the state.”I got a call, had the opportunity to have a discussion with Mike Miller over the weekend, a very kind of heartfelt, personal discussion, and I was aware that he had made this decision,” Hogan said. “He has been a tremendous leader for the state for 50 years and he has been a friend since I was a kid and I think he’s making the right decision for himself and his family and I just want to thank him for his incredible service to the state.”In a statement, U.S. Sen. Chris Van Hollen said, in part: “Governors have come and gone, but Sen. Miller, with unmatched political acumen, has steered Maryland on a progressive course and toward a more perfect union.”The Maryland Democratic Party released a statement, saying: “Sen. Mike Miller is a titan of Maryland. In his five decades of service to our state — including 33 as Senate president — he fought for everyday Marylanders, improving the lives of so many through progressive, yet always pragmatic, policies. We wish Sen. Miller good health going forward, and hope he enjoys his well-earned retirement. The people of Maryland are forever indebted for his service.” Miller is a graduate of the University of Maryland and its law school. He took a bill-drafting job in Annapolis in 1971. Six months later, he won a seat in the House of Delegates. In 1975, he claimed a Senate seat. Miller was first elected Senate president in 1987.

Calling it the greatest honor of his life, Senate President Emeritus Mike Miller said Wednesday he’s stepping down from public life.

“For more than a half century, it has been my privilege to serve the people of Maryland,” Miller wrote in a letter sent Wednesday to Senate President Bill Ferguson.

“I’m stepping down as the senator from District 27. I have cancer, that’s the reason I stepped down as the president of the Senate,” Miller said in a Zoom call Wednesday afternoon.

In October 2019, Miller stepped down from his post of Senate president due to health issues related to prostate cancer. In January 2019, on the second day of the legislative session, Miller announced he was fighting stage 4 prostate cancer.

At the time, Miller decided to step down as Senate president but kept his 27th District Senate seat. He already announced he would not seek reelection in 2022.

“I am very grateful to have served,” Miller said.

Now 78, Miller chose to step down from his Senate seat. He said he thought he could continue on as his mind and heart are strong, but he said the cancer is all through his bones.

“My body is wracked with pain. As a consequence, physically, I am not able to do the job. I have no strength in my right side, and to be a state senator and to do the job well, you’ve got to be available 24 hours a day mentally, as well as physically,” Miller said.

Roger Hartley, the dean of the University of Baltimore’s College of Public Affairs, called Miller’s retirement an historic loss.

“He was the longest-serving Senate president in the United States, actually, so it’s a historic moment for the United States as well as the state of Maryland,” Hartley said.

Hartley said Miller is going to be known throughout history as a person who, in a very Democratic state, did his best to forge relationships and be a compromiser.

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“He is going to be known for amazing pieces of legislation that changed this state and changed the people of this state, everything from legalization of same-sex marriage to protection of the (Chesapeake) Bay, to ending the death penalty,” Hartley said.

“During my tenure in the Senate of Maryland and my time serving as president, it was the greatest honor of my life in large part because I have seen the Senate rise above partisan and other differences time and time again,” Miller wrote in his resignation letter. “I have seen the Senate come together and unite to get the work of the people of Maryland done.”

Senate President Bill Ferguson said he has learned so much from the man who led the Senate for 33 years.

“I am absolutely saddened to see him go,” Ferguson said. “I also had the opportunity to reflect on the incredible impact he has had on the state of Maryland its people for these last 50 years in public service. It is truly remarkable, and I’m just grateful to have had the opportunity to learn with him.”

Miller said he hopes people remember him like this: “That he was a hard worker. He was ethical.”

“He’s somebody who had a steady hand, who fought every day for the people of Maryland and who came to Annapolis to solve problems, took on controversies by unifying people,” Ferguson said.

Miller thanked his mother, who encouraged him to get into politics, and his wife, children and grandchildren, who always supported him.

“I owe so many people — my mom got me involved in politics, people like Franklin Roosevelt, Douglas MacArthur, Abraham Lincoln,” Miller said.

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Earlier Wednesday morning, Gov. Larry Hogan thanked Miller for his decades of service to the state.

“I got a call, had the opportunity to have a discussion with Mike Miller over the weekend, a very kind of heartfelt, personal discussion, and I was aware that he had made this decision,” Hogan said. “He has been a tremendous leader for the state for 50 years and he has been a friend since I was a kid and I think he’s making the right decision for himself and his family and I just want to thank him for his incredible service to the state.”

In a statement, U.S. Sen. Chris Van Hollen said, in part: “Governors have come and gone, but Sen. Miller, with unmatched political acumen, has steered Maryland on a progressive course and toward a more perfect union.”

The Maryland Democratic Party released a statement, saying: “Sen. Mike Miller is a titan of Maryland. In his five decades of service to our state — including 33 as Senate president — he fought for everyday Marylanders, improving the lives of so many through progressive, yet always pragmatic, policies. We wish Sen. Miller good health going forward, and hope he enjoys his well-earned retirement. The people of Maryland are forever indebted for his service.”

Miller is a graduate of the University of Maryland and its law school. He took a bill-drafting job in Annapolis in 1971. Six months later, he won a seat in the House of Delegates. In 1975, he claimed a Senate seat. Miller was first elected Senate president in 1987.

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