Maryland's longest-serving Senate president says he has prostate cancer

Posted at 11:10 AM, Jan 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-11 06:59:35-05

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Maryland's longtime Senate president says he's being treated for prostate cancer and will undergo chemotherapy during the state's legislative session.

Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller made the announcement Thursday in the Senate chamber. The 76-year-old Democrat is entering his 33rd year as president of the Maryland Senate. He says he was diagnosed in July and prescribed medication. He says he had a sharp pain in his leg Dec. 27, and his doctor informed him the cancer could no longer be managed through pharmaceuticals alone.

Miller was first elected Senate president in 1987. He's the longest-serving state Senate president ever in Maryland and in the nation.

He told reporters Wednesday he plans to keep working and continue leading the 47-member chamber.

Republican Governor Larry Hogan, who has battled non-hodgkin's lymphoma, expressed his support for Miller in a statement issued Wednesday.

“My heart goes out to President Miller on what I know must be one of the toughest days he’s faced. I know firsthand how hard it is to receive a diagnosis like this. But I also know firsthand that Mike Miller has earned his place in Maryland political history because he’s a fighter who always gives it everything he’s got, no matter how tough things get. Mike’s tenacity, bravery, and perseverance will ensure that he wins this battle, and he has my full support. “Yumi and I send our heartfelt prayers to Mike, his wife, Patti, and his family during this difficult time.” - Gov. Larry Hogan

Republican leaders from the state legislature joined the well wishers too. House Minority Leader Nic Kipke and Minority Whipe Kathy Szeliga issued a statement wishing Miller a swift recovery.

“We wish the President a speedy recovery and will keep him and his family in our continued prayers. As we have seen so many times, cancer does not discriminate. We are confident that President Miller will face this new challenge with the same vigorous fighting spirit he has shown throughout his long legislative career.” - Kipke & Szeliga