The oldest of 10 children, Mike Miller, was born on December 3, 1942 in Clinton, Maryland in Southern Prince George’s County. Educated in the Prince George’s public school system, Mike received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Maryland College Park in 1964, and went on to study law at the University of Maryland School of Law. Graduating in 1967, he was admitted to the Maryland State and Prince George’s County Bar Associations that same year and has been in private practice for 40 years with offices in both Prince George’s and Calvert Counties.
Mike first ran for the Maryland House of Delegates from District 27 in 1970. After serving a term in the House, he was successfully elected to the Maryland Senate in 1974. Mike quickly established himself as a leader and in 1983 became Chair of the Judicial Proceedings Committee. As Chairman, Mike led his committee members by enacting tougher criminal penalties and greater protections for victims. As a Committee Chairman, Senator Miller recognized the importance of true leadership and in 1987 his fellow Senators elected him President of the Maryland Senate. He has now been elected to that position for the past 26 years, making him the longest serving Senate President in Maryland history as well as the longest serving Senate President across the country.
Every year, Prince Georges County and Southern Maryland benefit from Mike’s strong leadership in the Senate as this position allows him to shepherd key bills that benefit his constituents through the Legislature; including funding for school construction or a community project, legislation which will make us safer, or a multitude of other terrific bills.
About the Miller family
Senator Mike Miller married his wife Patti after meeting as a student at the University of Maryland. They settled into Mike’s hometown of Clinton, Maryland and raised a family of five, one son and four daughters.
Their eldest daughter, Melissa, is a graduate of Villanova and the Catholic University of America Law School. She is a former Assistant State’s Attorney in Prince George’s County, and sits on the Democratic Central Committee in Calvert County where she lives with her husband Tony Scott and their children.
The family’s twins, Michelle and Melanie, are both honored to be graduates of Salisbury State University. Michelle also graduated from Physical Therapy School at the University of Maryland at Baltimore. She has four children. Melanie is currently working for Comcast Cable coordinating community events.
Tommy, the couple’s only son, is a graduate of the University of Maryland and the University of Baltimore School of Law. He and his wife Dawn have four children. Tommy is a former Commissioner in the Maryland Parole System and now serves as a District Court judge in Anne Arundel County.
The youngest Miller, Amanda, a graduate of Loyola University in Baltimore, has been working as a Speech Pathologist in the Anne Arundel County public school system since the fall of 2000. She received her Masters Degree in Speech Pathology from Loyola College. She has two children.
Senator Miller and Patti currently live in Chesapeake Beach in Southern Maryland and are the proud grandparents of 14 grandchildren. When not at community events or working in the legislature or his law firm, Mike is an avid reader, and is especially interested in Maryland and Civil War history.