Maryland’s Senate president to discuss health issue


ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland’s longest-serving Senate president plans to discuss health challenges he’s facing.

Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller told reporters he will make an announcement Thursday.

Sources tell The Baltimore Sun that Miller has prostate cancer. The Washington Post is reporting the same thing. The diagnosis was first reported by The Daily Record.

The 76-year-old Democrat is entering his 33rd year as president of the Maryland Senate. He was first elected Senate president in 1987, and he is the longest-serving state Senate president in the nation.

He was re-elected Senate president by the 47-member chamber on Wednesday, the first day of the state’s 90-day legislative session. Although he has a bad hip and a bad knee and is using a cane, Miller says “he’s here for the long haul.”

Miller was first elected to the House of Delegates in 1970 and moved to the Senate four years later.