A member of the Maryland General Assembly for over twenty-four years, Thomas Middleton would serve Southern Maryland as a Maryland State Senator from 1995-2019.
Born in LaPlata in 1945, Middleton would graduate from Notre Dame High School before making his way to Charles County Community College (A.A., 1966) and Mount St. Mary’s College (B.S., Biology, 1968). He’d serve in the United States Army from 1968-1971 before beginning his career as a farmer as owner and operator of Cedar Hill Farm near Waldorf.
Middleton would begin his career in public upon his tenure as a member of the Charles County Planning Commission from 1978-1985. Middleton would then serve as the President of the Charles County Board of Commissioners (1986-1994). He’d leave the Charles County Board of Commissioners and successfully seek office in the Maryland Senate in 1994.
Middleton’s time in the Senate would be highlighted by numerous positions of responsibility including service as Chairman of the Finance (2002-2019), Chairman of the Capital Budget Subcommittee of the Budget and Taxation Committee (1997-2002), Senate Chairman of the Joint Committee on Unemployment Insurance Oversight (2007-2019), Senate Chair of the Paycheck Recovery Commission (2016-2017), Senate Chairman of the Joint Oversight Committee on the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange (2014-2017), and Chairman of the Charles, St. Mary’s, and Calvert County Senate Delegations (2015-2019). Additionally, he’d serve as a member of the Rules Committee (2003-2019), the Executive Nominations Committee (2003-2019), the Legislative Policy Committee (1997-2019), and the Spending Affordability Committee (2002-2019), and the Budget & Taxation Committee (1995-2002).
For both his professional and legislative efforts, Middleton was awarded numerous honors. These recognitions included the Rural Legacy Award from the Rural Maryland Council (2018), the Distinguished Service Award from the Maryland Hospital Association (2017), the John R. Hargreaves Distinguished Fellow Award from Salisbury University (2014), the Medal of Achievement Award from the Delmarva Poultry Industry (2014), the Disability Community Champion Award from the American Network of Community Options and Resources (2014), Legislator of the Year Award from the Maryland Association of Resources for Families and Youth, the Maryland Senate First Citizen Award (2011), the Distinguished Service Award from the Maryland Municipal League (2002), and the Legislator Recognition Award from the Maryland Association of Counties (1998-2002).
Middleton left office in January 2019 and he clearly left behind a lasting legacy of service to the people of Maryland that will last for years to come.