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2000 Achievement Award Recipient

Thomas V. "Mike" Miller, Jr.
President of the Maryland State Senate
Surrattsville Class of 1960

Mike is the highest ranking member of the legislative branch of the Maryland government, serving as President of the Maryland Senate.  Mike has a long and varied career in public service, has received numerous commendations and awards, and is a staunch supporter of the Surrattsville Foundation.  Mike's official bio (reprinted below) proudly notes his Surrattsville roots.

The Foundation is extremely proud to present its inaugural Achievement Award to Mike!


Member of Senate since 1975. Senate President since 1987. Co‑Chair, Legislative Policy Committee, 1987‑ (co‑chair; management subcommittee, 1987‑). Senate Chair, Investigation Committee, 1997‑. Member, Rules Committee, 1983‑; Spending Affordability Committee, 1991‑. Chair, Judicial Proceedings Committee, 1983‑86. Deputy Majority Leader, 1983‑86. Member, Joint Committee on Legislative Ethics, 1987‑89; Executive Nominations Committee, 1991‑98. Director, State Legislative Leaders Forum, 1987‑. President, Southern States Senate Leaders Conference, 1988. President, Senate Presidents' Forum, 1997‑99.

Member, House of Delegates, 1971‑75. Member, Judiciary Committee, 1971‑75.

Member, Tri‑County Council for Southern Maryland, 1975‑1982, 1995‑; Executive/Legislative Committee to Study the Feasibility of a Biennial Budget, 1985; Governor's Oversight Committee on Liability Insurance, 1986; Chesapeake Bay Trust, 1987; Maryland Housing Policy Commission, 1987; Advisory Council on Lead Poisoning, 1987; Maryland Veterans Home Commission, 1987; State Commission on the Capital City, 1987‑92; State House Trust, 1987‑; Maryland 1992 Commission, 1989‑94; Museum Assistance Review Panel, 1990‑; Governor's Task Force on Trees and Forests, 1990; Task Force on Affiliation Between Historic St. Mary's City Commission and St. Mary's College of Maryland, 1996; Hall of Records Commission, 1996‑; Task Force to Study Retail Electric Competition and the Restructuring of the Electric Utility Industry, 1997‑98. Vice‑Chair, Southern Legislative Conference of Council of State Governments, 1999‑.

Born in Clinton, Maryland, December 3, 1942. Attended Prince George's County public schools; Surrattsville High School; University of Maryland, B.S. (business administration), 1964; University of Maryland School of Law, LL.B., J.D., 1967. Admitted to Maryland Bar, 1967. Attorney. Member, American, Maryland State and Prince George's County Bar Associations. Member, Surratts, Brandywine, Nottingham, Fort Washington, and Upper Marlboro Democratic Clubs. Past officer or director of numerous boys and girls clubs; civic, fraternal, business, social and historical organizations. Recipient of awards from Washington‑area Boy Scouts, Prince George's County Volunteer Fire Departments, Maryland Med‑Chi, Maryland and Prince George's County Police Departments, Sierra Club, and veterans groups. Outstanding Citizen, Prince George's County Board of Trade. Outstanding Legislator, Maryland Municipal League. Public Service Award, AFL‑CIO, Local 400. Outstanding Knight of Columbus. William P. Coliton Community Service Award, The Johns Hopkins University, 1986. Distinguished Alumnus of the Year, University of Maryland, 1988. William M. Bulger Excellence in State Legislative Leadership Award, State Legislative Leaders Foundation, 1997. Tyser Medallion, University of Maryland Alumni Association, 1999. Louis Goldstein Award for Public Service, Maryland AHEAD, 1999.

Married; five children; eight grandchildren.