Hogan praises Miller’s leadership at Prince George’s County banquet
BRANDYWINE, Md. — It had been 50 years since a sitting Maryland governor made an appearance at the Prince George’s County Farm Bureau banquet.
Gov. Larry Hogan’s attendance at the March 23 event was special for other reasons as well, one being that Hogan is from Prince George’s County and another being that the governor used it as an opportunity to honor Sen. Mike Miller.
“Mike Miller has dedicated his entire life to Prince George’s County and to the state of Maryland,” Hogan said. “He’s going through a tough battle right now, one that I know well. And I know that he’s a tough guy.”
In January, Miller announced that he has metastasized prostate cancer.
“Every single one of us in this whole room and everyone across the state of Maryland is praying for you and hoping that you come through this stronger than before,” Hogan said.
Miller is the longest serving state senate president in the United States.
His political career spans almost 50 years.
He began serving in 1971 in the Maryland House of Delegates and four years later, was elected to the Maryland Senate.
Miller was elected Senate President in 1987.
At the banquet, Hogan presented Miller with a citation for his leadership and public service to Prince George’s and Calvert counties.
“I want to tell you how much I love this man. I’ve known him my whole life,” Hogan said.
Before introducing the governor, Maryland Secretary of Agriculture Joseph Bartenfelder shared a few words about Senator Miller.
“Mike Miller was one of the first people I met in Annapolis and I really appreciate his advice and friendship,” Bartenfelder said. “For all of his years in Annapolis, he never forgot all of you — he never lost his love and compassion for the people back home.”
Miller thanked Hogan for the award, then turned to the banquet attendees to express his appreciation for them.
“Thank you for keeping Prince George’s county rural and for all the work you do. As long as you’re in agriculture, it will continue to be the number one industry in Maryland,” Miller said.
Governor Hogan also presented Prince George’s County Farm Bureau President Phil Miller with a citation for the county Farm Bureau’s leadership and service to Maryland agriculture.
Phil Miller, a third cousin of the Senator, was recently honored when his family’s farm inducted into the Maryland Century Farm Program. Miller Farms in Clinton has been in the Miller family for more than 150 years.
The Prince George’s County Farm Bureau recognized outgoing board members during the banquet: Past president Yates Claggett, past vice president Kevin Conover and long-time board member Sandra Cross.
“When I think of Farm Bureau, I think of Sandy Cross,” said Prince George’s County Farm Bureau board member, Susan Watson White. “I’ve known her my whole life and she’s served this board for 37 years.”
The Prince George’s County Farm Bureau Young Farmers Committee hosted an auction during the event, which brought in more than $2,500.
The funds will be used to support young farmer leadership activities, the Gwynn Park FFA and for relief efforts for Nebraska farmers affected by recent flooding.
The banquet was held at the Baden Volunteer Fire Department and catered by the Baden Ladies Auxiliary. The John Luskey Band provided live entertainment for the evening.
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