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Senator Mac Middleton

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Local Address:  Baltimore , Maryland , United States
Maryland General Assembly

Employment History


  • Charles County Community College
  • bachelors of science degree
    Mt. St. Mary's College
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Senator Mac Middleton, 21 Feb 2006 [cached]
Born in September 1945 in La Plata, Md., Mac grew up in a large family - one of fourteen. He graduated from Charles County Community College in 1966, then earned a bachelors of science degree from Mt. St. Mary's College in 1968. He served in U.S. Army Intelligence from 1968 to 1971. Returning from the army, he has worked on his family farm - Cedar Hill Farm - and remained active in the community ever since.
Mac is the Maryland General Assembly's only full-time farmer. As a farmer, Mac knows the challenges faced by all small business owners. He also recognizes the challenges in retaining Charles County's rural atmosphere, working to preserve our quality of life.
Mac and his wife Joan are strong supporters of public education. All three of their children - Kelly, Brooke and Bret - attended and graduated from Charles County public schools. All three have graduated from Maryland colleges or universities. Joan works for the College of Southern Maryland in La Plata. On the State level, Mac has developed a reputation as a strong supporter of Maryland's higher education institutions.
Mac has served the people of Charles County for years. As a member then as chairman of the Charles County Planning Commission from 1978 to 1985, Mac worked for better management of growth in the county. Elected in 1986 as president of the Charles County Commissioners, Mac worked to improve county government services, education, and growth management. He helped steer the county through tough fiscal times during the last recession, ultimately improving the county's bond rating - a reflection of his fiscally conservative management style.
After Charles County voters elected him to the Maryland Senate in 1994, Mac has quickly become a rising star. After only three years in the Senate, he was named chairman of the Senate Capital Budget Subcommittee, a very rare honor for a freshman senator. He was considered an even-handed, fiscally conservative leader on the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee. Recognized as a fair-minded and responsible legislator, he was named as co-chair of the Senate Legislative Ethics Committee. In 2003, he continued his climb in the Senate leadership, being named chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, a challenging but influential post. He is also a member of the Legislative Policy Committee, the Spending Affordability Committee, the Executive Nominations Committee, and the Senate Rules Committee. He is co-chair of the Committee on Agricultural Preservation and Open Space.
Mac also serves on the Board of Trustees for the Maryland Historical Trust and the Maryland Tourism Council, Special Committee on State Employee Rights and Protections, Senate Chair, Joint Legislative Task Force on Small-Group Market Health Insurance, Joint Oversight Committee on the Department of Juvenile Services, Joint Committee on the Selection of the State Treasurer, Joint Legislative Task Force on Universal Access to Quality and Affordable Health Care, National Conference of State Legislatures Agriculture & Rural Development Committee, Environment and Energy Committee, Chesapeake Bay Commission, Task Force on Health Care Access and Reimbursement, and Southern States Energy Board.
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Middleton on Tuesday, April 29 at ..., 17 April 2013 [cached]
Middleton on Tuesday, April 29 at the Maryland Association of Community Services Annual Achievement Awards at the BWI Marriott.
Addressing over three hundred people that included Direct Support Professionals, people with disabilities, and their families and agency providers, Senator Middleton noted that the legislation was critical because "This community could not afford to leave direct support workers behind.
Middleton, a Charles County Democrat, said he has long advocated for disability workers because he's been inspired by what they do. He also has a relative who is developmentally disabled.
Advocates for the developmentally disabled say they have trouble finding and keeping people to do the difficult work of caretakers when the jobs don't pay much more than the minimum wage.
O'Malley's bill would raise the minimum wage for all workers to $10.10 an hour. Middleton is seeking even higher pay for thousands of state-paid workers at community-based providers.
"We've got vacancies, a high turnover rate, and they're dealing with a very, very vulnerable population," Middleton said at a committee work session on the minimum wage.
Middleton said he has been in talks with administration officials on pay for disability workers and hopes to reach an agreement soon. But he said he would not bring the minimum-wage legislation to a committee vote until his concerns are addressed about state reimbursements for those who tend to the daily needs of the developmentally disabled.
Middleton also pointed out what he called a "fairness issue. He said employees at the state's two residential facilities â€" the Potomac Center in Hagerstown and the Holly Center in Salisbury â€" are paid substantially more than caregivers working for community-based providers. Employees at the residential facilities are on the state payroll, not paid through Medicaid.
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Middleton said he'd compromise by setting a "floor" on disability workers' pay so that they would earn 35 percent more than the minimum wage.
Middleton acknowledged it would be "significant."
Senator Middleton, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, is one of the few farmers in the Maryland General Assembly. He has been a strong supporter of the chicken industry and agriculture in general since joining the Senate in 1995. Senator Middleton was recognized, in part, because of his outreach to the chicken industry on General Assembly issues. Though his district does not include Delmarva's chicken industry, he understands its importance to farmers in his area and to all citizens of Maryland. As chairman of the Chesapeake Bay Commission in 2010, he sought DPI's input on federal Chesapeake Bay legislation. He involved DPI in this year's Agricultural Certainty bill in the General Assembly, a bill to help speed water quality improvement in the Chesapeake Bay while offering incentives for farmers to go beyond the minimum on environmental stewardship. He included the chicken industry in last year's legislation to provide estate tax relief for heirs of farmland.
Among his accomplishments for agriculture, he successfully sponsored bills to:
Additionally, Senator Middleton has brokered numerous legislative compromises to make bills that were destined to pass more palatable to agriculture, a large factor in selecting him for this DPI recognition. In being presented his award, DPI noted that "if we had more like him in the Maryland General Assembly, all our lives would be easier."
IA&B members Bob Klinger (left) and ..., 11 Feb 2015 [cached]
IA&B members Bob Klinger (left) and Mike Ertel (right) meet with Senate Finance Committee Chairman Mac Middleton
Senator Mac Middleton, 21 Feb 2006 [cached]
Mac Middleton = Leadership
Since arriving in Annapolis, Mac has been a leader for Charles County and the State. Mac believes in working cooperatively, building consensus and moving forward. He has worked with his Senate colleagues, the Delegates representing Charles County, local elected leaders, and the entire community. He has earned respect as a leader in the State House and around the State, rising in the Senate leadership. Here's what some are saying about Mac…
Middleton Honored by ARC -- Senator Thomas Mac Middleton was among the four legislators to receive the 2008 Legislative Leadership Award from the ARC of Maryland during its annual awards ceremony in May. Middleton was recognized for his work during this year's Session for sponsoring SB 305 - the Community Services Rate Reimbursement Commission to ensure the existence of an independent body to make recommendations on the Community Programs COLA and rates allowing services to keep pace with inflation and trends in best practices.
The well-regarded Middleton, who serves as chairman of the Budget and Taxation Capital Budget Subcommittee, is regarded as one of the few senators with the abilities to be a future Senate President. Baltimore Sun - April 23, 2002
"I have served in public office with Mac for 16 years and know him to be one of the most decent, honest elected officials in Maryland. I am proud to call Mac my friend. Having served in county and state office, Mac has the rare ability to understand county government's concerns while putting them in a statewide perspective. As a past president of the Maryland Association of Counties, I regard Mac as a true friend of local government. Every Senator in Annapolis I know holds Mac in the highest regard. If we are to be judged by our peers, Mac gets an A-plus. As a State Senator, Mac quickly rose to a position of leadership as chairman of the Senate Capital Budget Sub Committee. But while Mac rises even higher in the leadership jobs in the State Senate, he will never forget his roots in Charles County. Murray Levy Charles County Commissioners President
"Mac Middleton has demonstrated fiscal conservatism and fairness.
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Mac Middleton Events, 8 Jan 2015 [cached]
Mac Middleton Events
Senator Middleton with good friends, Former Senators Bobby Neall and P.J. Hogan, Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr., and Former Delegate Murray Levy at his son, Bret's wedding in June 2010.
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