Archives of Maryland
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Thomas McLain (Mac) Middleton
MSA SC 3520-11612


Born in La Plata, Maryland, September 1, 1945. Attended Charles County Community College; Mount St. Mary's College, B.S. (biology), 1968. Married; three children.

General Assembly:
Maryland State Senate, Charles County, 1995-present. Chair, Finance Committee, 2002- (chair, division of labor & industry sunset evaluation work group, 2003; member, transportation subcommittee, 2008-). Senate Chair, Joint Subcommittee on Program Open Space and Agricultural Land Preservation, 1995-. Member, Legislative Policy Committee, 1997- (management subcommittee, 2002-); Spending Affordability Committee, 2002-; Executive Nominations Committee, 2003-; Rules Committee, 2003-. Senate Chair, Special Committee on State Employee Rights and Protections, 2005-. Senate Chair, Joint Oversight Committee on the Department of Juvenile Services, 2006-; Joint Committee on Unemployment Insurance Oversight, 2007-; Joint Legislative Work Group to Study State, County and Municipal Fiscal Relationships, 2009-. Co-Chair, Joint Task Force on Payment Schedule of Property Taxes, 1995-96. Member, Budget and Taxation Committee, 1995-2002 (health, education & human resources subcommittee, 1995-98; public safety, transportation, economic development & natural resources subcommittee, 1999, 2001-02; health & human services subcommittee, 2000; chair, capital budget subcommittee, 1997-2002). Senate Chair, Task Force to Study County Property-Tax Setoffs and Related Fiscal Issues, 1997. Member, Special Committee on Gaming, 2001; Senate Committee on Redistricting, 2001-02; Joint Committee on the Selection of the State Treasurer, 2002, 2007 (co-chair, 2003). Senate Chair, Joint Committee on Legislative Ethics, 2002-04 (member, 1997-2004). Member, Special Commission on Legislative Prayer, 2003. Senate Chair, Joint Committee on the State's Emergency Medical Response System, 2003-05. Vice-Chair, Senate Special Commission on Medical Malpractice Liability Insurance, 2004. Senate Chair, Joint Legislative Task Force on Universal Access to Quality and Affordable Health Care, 2005-07. Senate Co-Chair, Agricultural Stewardship Commission, 2005-06. Chair, Senate Special Commission on Electric Utility Deregulation Implementation, 2005-06. Senate Co-Chair, Joint Commission on the Maryland Port Administration, 2005-06. Senate Chair, Joint Legislative Task Force on Small-Group Market Health Insurance, 2005-07. Member, Maryland Rural Caucus, 2002-; Maryland Veterans Caucus, 2004-. Member, National Conference of State Legislatures (agriculture & rural development committee, 2005-07; agriculture, environment & energy committee, 2007-08; agriculture & energy committee, 2008-; environment committee, 2008-); Southern Legislative Conference (agriculture & rural development committee, chair, 2004-06, vice-chair, 2002-04; energy & environment committee, 2008-).

Private Career and Other Public Service:
Chair, Planning Commission, Charles County, 1981-85. President, County Commissioners of Charles County, 1986-94. Member, Social Services Board, Charles County, 1986-94. Member, Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland (chair, 1990-92). Vice-Chair, Metropolitan Washington Air Quality Committee, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, 1992-93 (member, 1992-94; chair, public participation & education committee). Member, U.S. 301 South Corridor Transportation Study Task Force, 1994-96; Forvm for Rural Maryland, 1996-2003. Board of Trustees, Maryland Historical Trust, 1997-98. Member, Partnership Policy Council on Block Grants, 1997-98; Task Force to Study the Governance, Coordination, and Funding of the University System of Maryland, 1998-99; Commission on Transportation Investment, 1999. Co-Chair, Study Panel to Review Economic Development Financing Programs, 1999. Chair, Task Force on Driver's Education Programs in Maryland, 1999. Member, Task Force on Tobacco Crop Conversion in Maryland, 1999; Commission on Education Finance, Equity, and Excellence, 1999-2000; Transit Policy Panel, 2000; Task Force to Study the Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation, 2000-01. Co-Chair, Task Force on Resource-Based Industry in Maryland, 2000-02. Member, Maryland Competitive Advantage Financing Fund Work Group, 2000; Virginia-Maryland-District of Columbia Joint Legislative Commission on Interstate Transportation, 2000-03; Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission, 2000-; Task Force to Study Adult Education Services in Maryland, 2001; Task Force on Upgrading Sewerage Systems, 2001-02; Rebuild La Plata Task Force, 2002; Commission on Maryland's Fiscal Structure, 2002-03; Maryland Tourism Development Board, 2002-04; Advisory Committee on the Management and Protection of the State's Water Resources, 2002-04; Task Force to Study the Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation, 2002-05; Transportation Task Force, 2003; Task Force on the Marketing of Grain and Other Agricultural Products, 2003-04. Co-Chair, Unemployment Insurance Funding Task Force, 2003-04. Member, Task Force on Broadband Communications Deployment in Underserved Rural Areas, 2003-06; Task Force to Study the Dynamics of Elderly and Retiree Migration Into and Out of Maryland, 2004-06; CommunityChoice Advisory Group, 2004-. Co-Chair, Committee on Unemployment Insurance Oversight, 2005-06. Member, Commission to Study Southern Maryland Transportation Needs, 2006-08; Task Force on Health Care Access and Reimbursement, 2007-08; Southern States Energy Board, 2007-. Member, Workforce Creation and Adult Education Transition Council, 2008. Co-Chair, Task Force to Review Physician Shortages in Rural Areas, 2008-09. Chair, Chesapeake Bay Commission, 2010 (member, 2007-; vice-chair, 2009). Member, Long-Term Care Work Group, Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene, 2010-.

Owner and operator, Cedar Hill Farm, near Waldorf. Board of Directors, Harry R. Hughes Center for Agro-Ecology, 2005-. Board of Trustees, Physicians Memorial Hospital. Board member, Tri-County Youth Service Bureau; Health Service Agency. A founder of Charles County Christmas in April. Member, 4-H; Farm Bureau. Distinguished Leadership Award, Maryland Chapter, American Planning Association, 1993. Legislator Recognition Award, Maryland Association of Counties, 1998, 2002. Outstanding Rural Legislator Award, Rural Maryland Council, 2000. Distinguished Service Award, Maryland Municipal League, 2002. Recipient, First Citizen Award, 2011.

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