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AARP: Miller sought to make Maryland better | READER COMMENTARY

This is Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr., former president of the Maryland Senate and pictured here in 2016. He died on Friday, Jan. 15. Barbara Haddock Taylor/Baltimore Sun
This is Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr., former president of the Maryland Senate and pictured here in 2016. He died on Friday, Jan. 15. Barbara Haddock Taylor/Baltimore Sun (Barbara Haddock Taylor/Baltimore Sun)

I was saddened to learn of the passing of former state Senate President Mike Miller, who died of prostate cancer on Friday, Jan. 15 (”Here’s what Maryland leaders are saying about the death of Senate President Emeritus Mike Miller,” Jan. 16). The longest serving state senate president in Maryland history and in the United States, his enormous impact on state government will be felt for decades to come.

Mike Miller assumed the senate presidency in 1987, while I was in the Maryland House of Delegates. I was fortunate enough to experience firsthand his leadership and ability to bring together diverse opinions to craft compromise legislation. Even those who disagreed with him on policy felt that their voices were heard and they were able to influence the outcome.

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In my current role as president of AARP Maryland, it is important to note that among Senator Miller’s many accomplishments for Marylanders aged 50 and over, his leadership led to the creation of the Maryland Small Business and Retirement Savings Program enabling those who work for small businesses to be able to save for retirement. Most recently, Senator Miller spearheaded the passage of the Maryland Prescription Drug Affordability Board to ensure transparency and accountability in the pricing of lifesaving medications.

In an interview with a Sun reporter last year after learning of his cancer diagnosis, Senator Miller was asked what his legacy would be. He said that he “hoped he made the state a better place for having been there.” We extend heartfelt condolences to his wife, children and grandchildren. May he rest in peace.

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James Campbell, Baltimore

The writer is state president of AARP Maryland.

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