ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP / WJZ) – Long-time President of the Maryland Senate, Mike Miller, was retired on Saturday.
His family gathered for a private service streamed online followed by his funeral.
During the service, his family shared what he meant to them, including his son, who gave the eulogy.
"Because of COVID, he didn't get this great farewell, but he would have liked it, just his family today," said Miller's son. “He was known as Mr. President to so many Marylanders. To me he was known as my father, my hero, my mentor. "
On Friday, Maryland officials remembered the longest-serving Senate president in the country as a powerful leader who influenced politics for nearly half a century, a preeminent figure in state politics who could be both gruff and friendly.
"He always knew exactly where we were on the way to change," said former Senator Robert Neall. "Like a seasoned railroad engineer, he had his hand on the gas of change, moving us fast enough to overcome obstacles but slow enough not to derail the train."
A native of Clinton, Maryland took office as Prince George & # 39; s County representative in 1975 and became President of the Senate in 1987.
He resigned from leadership a little over a year ago, but continued to represent portions of Calvert, Charles, and Prince George counties in Annapolis.
Miller died of complications from prostate cancer last week at the age of 78. His family said he died at home with loved ones by his side. He is survived by his wife, children, eight siblings and 15 grandchildren.
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