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Miller leading Senate was a ‘maestro at work’ | READER COMMENTARY

Maryland Senate President Emeritus Thomas V. Mike Miller looks up at supporters as he is applauded by his colleagues, after his portrait was unveiled in the Senate chamber in the State House in Annapolis on Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. He passed away one year later after a long bout with cancer. (Pamela Wood/Baltimore Sun)
Maryland Senate President Emeritus Thomas V. Mike Miller looks up at supporters as he is applauded by his colleagues, after his portrait was unveiled in the Senate chamber in the State House in Annapolis on Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. He passed away one year later after a long bout with cancer. (Pamela Wood/Baltimore Sun) (PAMELA WOOD)

In my three decades of mental health advocacy in Annapolis, Thomas V. Mike Miller was always a powerful presence (“Former state Senate leader dies,” Jan. 16). I have fond memories of sitting in the Senate gallery waiting for a vote and marveling at President Miller’s strong but folksy control of the proceedings, a maestro at work: “The chair recognizes the senator from Bolton Hill,” or “Come on, people, time is of the essence,” or simply, “The clerk will take the call.”

His reverence for Maryland history and his commitment to the dignity of the legislative process are lasting legacies. The newest part of the state Senate building is named for him. If anyone deserved such an honor during his lifetime, it was Thomas V. Mike Miller.

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Herb Cromwell, Catonsville

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