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Maryland General Assembly
Charles County Democratic Women's Club
Senate Finance Committee
Member of the Legislative Policy Committee, the Spending Affordability Committee
Maryland Tourism Council
Board of Trustees
Special Committee on State Employee Rights
Board of Trustees
Executive Nominations Committee
Member of the Legislative Policy Committee, the Spending Affordability Committee
Board of Trustees
Maryland Historical Trust
Board of Trustees
Chairman of Finance Committee
House Economic Matters Committee Chairman
Vice Chairman of the Agriculture and Rural Development Committee
Senate Finance Committee Chairman
Maryland State Firemen's Association
Charles County Community College
bachelors of science degree
Mt. St. Mary's College
Leadership | Senator Thomas "Mac" Middleton
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. Complete the form below receive updates from Senator Middleton. Paid for by Supporters of Mac Middleton.
Senator Mac Middleton
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. Paid for by Supporters of Mac Middleton.
Senator Thomas "Mac" Middleton
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. Middleton and Del. 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."
Issues | Senator Thomas "Mac" Middleton
Mac believes supporting our public schools and higher education is a top priority for our future. Working with the County Commissioners, delegates and school board, Mac helped win approval of every request made for state funds for Charles County school construction! Over the years, Mac fought for approval of over $150 million in State funds for school projects. EducationResized Higher Education Mac has helped fund improvements to our University of Maryland system and our community colleges. Supported the prevention of college tuition increases for the third year in a row as well as increasing aid to community colleges by $150 million over the last two years. During his last 4 years, as a member of the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee and then chair of the Capital Budget Subcommittee, Mac fought for approval of over $15 million in local project for Charles County and Southern Maryland. Mac provided a voice for this community in Annapolis, winning approval of legislation to increase their wages. As the Chair of the Senate Finance Committee, Mac strongly supported an increase in the minimum wage that made Maryland a leader in the country and will ensure a $10.10 minimum wage by 2018. Mac has supported tax cuts, improved transportation infrastructure, and an educational system that provides a well-prepared workforce. shutterstock_2004749 Transportation Mac has fought for Charles County's fair share of transportation funding, to improve our road system and provide transit choices. Mac supports common-sense efforts to protect our environment and preserve the rural character of Southern Maryland. url-1 Rebuilding La Pata and Charles County Following the tornado that swept through Charles County, devastating homes and businesses in downtown La Plata, Mac has worked with town, county and State leaders to make sure the resources were available for La Plata, our residential communities and farms. He will continue to work for funding to rebuild and revitalize the town, homes, farms and other businesses. Mac is a member of the Governor's La Plata task force, working to provide additional resources for the town. shutterstock_98521079 Healthcare Mac believes we need to address health care for the young and old. Paid for by Supporters of Mac Middleton.
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Harris Jones & Malone: Spotlight on Senator Mac Middleton | Harris Jones & Malone LLC 410.366.1500 Senator Middleton, Chairman of the powerful Senate Finance Committee, believes many people misunderstand the label or fail to realize what a "politician" really is. As a result Senator Middleton works everyday to change the perception of so called "politicians" in Annapolis. I sat down with the self professed "proud politician" to learn more about his background and get his views on what it means to be a politician who governs effectively in the Maryland General Assembly. Senator Thomas "Mac" Middleton was born in La Plata, Maryland to a family of farmers. In fact in 1989, the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture recognized Cedar Hill Farm, the family farm Senator Middleton still owns and operates as one that has been in continuous use and ownership since the ratification of the U.S. Constitution. Like the Senator, Middleton's parents were as much prominent political figures as they were successful farmers. Remembering his childhood, the Senator recalls, "first of all I grew up on a steady diet of politics". His father was a respected politician and judge of the orphan probate court for 28 years. His mother was the President of the Charles County Democratic Women's Club which later became the Charles County Democratic Club. Thus for Senator Middleton, it seemed almost destined that he would follow in their footsteps, and enter the political arena where his parents were so well respected. Senator Middleton did exactly that when he joined the Charles County Democratic Club as the Treasurer. By 1976, Senator Middleton was the President of the Charles County Democratic Club and a valued volunteer to numerous political campaigns. After serving as the Chair of the Charles County Planning Commission from 1981-85, Senator Middleton decided that he wanted to pursue his own political career. In 1986, Senator Middleton ran for Charles County Commissioner alongside his father. This campaign would serve as Senator Middleton's first and his father's last political campaign. In what Senator Middleton described as the "best campaign of my life", he, along with his father, led every district and precinct in the primary election. After serving as County Commissioner for eight years, Senator Middleton decided he wanted to escape the "fishbowl" which was Charles County politics and legislate on a statewide level. However the lessons he learned as a public servant on the local level remained with him. "I want to be a voice for people who don't have a strong voice" says Middleton. Keeping this goal in mind, he ran for and was elected to the Maryland State Senate in 1995. For nearly two decades in Annapolis, he has prided himself on being a politician who is responsive to the needs of his constituents. However to Senator Middleton "politician" is not quite the dirty word title many have come to expect. "I'm a career politician. I'm not embarrassed or ashamed of it at all", says Middleton. While this statement may seem bold given the current political climate, in context Senator Middleton's statement is a testament to what he's been able to accomplish as a legislator. "I'm a big believer and have a basic philosophy that good government is good politics; so if you do good government the politics will follow" continues Middleton. Thus for Senator Middleton, a politician is an individual dedicated to governing on behalf of all his constituents alike while balancing the special interest of the State. For example, Senator Middleton has long fought to ensure Maryland remains a competitive and attractive State for as many insurance companies as possible. Middleton believes that when there is competition in the market consumers have better choices as to what products they are willing to buy. However Senator Middleton has also fought to make sure consumers are not being disadvantaged by the practices of insurance companies. "Some people think I cater too much to the big corporations, but I do only to the extent that a healthy and prosperous business climate benefits all of us" says Middleton. Thus it's clear that for Senator Middleton a politician is someone who works to forge compromise that benefits everyone. In Senator Middleton's time in the Maryland General Assembly he has forged a lot of compromise and has various notable accomplishments. In the 2014 legislative session Senator Middleton refused to let a minimum wage bill out of the Senate Finance Committee until legislators were willing to address the needs of the direct care workers of the disabled population. He argued that as the frontline individuals who take care of the disabled population tend to be lower income, the General Assembly was responsible for ensuring that their reimbursement rates for this service were increased as well. These are individuals with significant training, performing a task that is essential to Maryland residents, and, therefore, should be compensated a rate higher than minimum wage. Senator Middleton credits getting this bill passed as being one of the proudest moments of his life. In fact, he stated that the awards he most cherishes stem from his work with the mental health and disabled communities. Senator Middleton has also been at the forefront of energy related issues as his legislation was the first to set up Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS). These standards state that utility companies must provide a percentage of its electricity from renewable resources. Additionally, Senator Middleton is proud to be the only full time farmer left in the legislature and the legislator everyone looks to champion the causes of the agricultural community. Senator Middleton has worked with the agricultural community to get people to understand the needs and history behind agriculture and the role it plays in the Maryland economy. In addition to balancing the needs of the State and his constituents, Senator Middleton believes a politician is an extremely hard worker. He believes that among other things, his role as chairman of the powerful Senate Finance Committee places on him a duty to "get the impossible done". According to Senator Middleton, getting the impossible done requires more compromise and a determination of whether a law is good public policy or not. Last year Senator Middleton was influential in passing a bill which regulated internet-based transportation companies likeUber and Lyft. At a time when some legislators had given up on the bill, Senator Middleton continued to push his workgroups to come to a solution. At the end of the day Senator Middleton's persistence paid off as he stated, "I've forged a lot of compromises but when you bring people from the extremes to the middle they can live with the results. They typically aren't in love with the results but this was the first time we did it and ended up with a bill everybody loved". Senator Middleton believes that because he along with other legislators were determined to get a bill passed Maryland has model legislation when it comes to Uber and Lyft. Furthermore he continues, "Everybody had a place at the table. Senator Middleton will also continue to breakdown the common misconceptions citizens have about politicians. He will, as he does every year, invite a group of young Marylanders to come to Annapolis and shadow him throughout the day. He hopes that through this firsthand and transparent experience the opinions people have of politicians will eventually become more positive. No matter what, it's clear that Senator Middleton enjoys his work and takes pride in his public service. "I love the other side. I love the politics of public service" says Middleton. Only time will tell if the public perception of "politicians" will change but Senator Middleton will gladly wear the title knowing the battles he fights everyday in Annapolis.