Maryland Senate President is Stepping Down from Leadership Post

Follwing a closed door session with Senate Democrats, Thomas V. Mike Miller, the longest-serving Senate President in Maryland and U.S. history, announced that he will remain in the Senate but will give up the post he’s held since 1987.

Mike Miller 280 x 210The 76-year old Miller was diagnosed with cancer earlier this year and has faced numerous health challenges. The 47-member chamber is expected to chose Baltimore City Senator Bill Ferguson, who was nomiated by the Democratic caucus, to replace Miller.

The Senate President is the presiding officer of the chamber, guiding legislation through the process, overseeing debate and calling final votes. The president also appoints senators to committees and leadership posts, and influences which bills get serious consideration.

Miller's decision to step down is widely perceived as a response to the turmoil that occurred following the death of House Speaker Michael Busch in April. Two delegates, who were vying for the leadership position, stepped aside in favor of a compromise candidate. Del. Adrienne Jones who had removed her name from consideration, only to be chosen following a rift between two factions of the Democratic caucus.