ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Maryland Senate President Emeritus Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr. has died.
According to his family, he died at 4:25 p.m. Friday afternoon, peacefully at his home, surrounded by loved ones.
Miller was Maryland's State Senate President for more than 35 years, which made him the longest serving Senate President in the state's history.
He stepped down from his role last month saying that although his heart and mind remained strong, his body couldn't handle another legislative session.
Miller had been fighting stage four prostate cancer.
He was 78 years old and is survived by his wife, Patti; son, Tommy; daughters, Amanda, Michelle, Melissa, and Melanie; sisters Susan, Cynthia, Melinda, Nancy, and Kim; brothers, Jonathan, David, and Mark; and his fifteen grandchildren. He was predeceased by his sister Judith.
Senator Bill Ferguson released a statement on Former Senate President Miller's passing.
STATEMENT ON THE PASSING OF SENATE PRESIDENT EMERITUS THOMAS V. MIKE MILLER, JR.Today, I join all Marylanders in...
Governor Larry Hogan also released a statement on his passing via Twitter.
Maryland has lost one of its most revered leaders, and I have lost a dear lifelong friend. My full statement on the passing of Senate President Emeritus Mike Miller: pic.twitter.com/jKe8wRIQ14
— Governor Larry Hogan (@GovLarryHogan) January 15, 2021
Effective immediately, state flags will fly at half-staff in honor of Former Senate President Miller's life and legacy.