Charles Thomas McMillen

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Charles Thomas McMillen
Charles Thomas McMillen.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Maryland's 4th district
In office
January 3, 1987 – January 3, 1993
Preceded byMarjorie Holt
Succeeded byAl Wynn
Personal details
Born(1952-05-26) May 26, 1952 (age 61)
Elmira, New York
Political partyDemocratic
ResidenceCrofton, Maryland
Alma materUniversity of Maryland
Oxford University
 
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Charles Thomas McMillen
Charles Thomas McMillen.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Maryland's 4th district
In office
January 3, 1987 – January 3, 1993
Preceded byMarjorie Holt
Succeeded byAl Wynn
Personal details
Born(1952-05-26) May 26, 1952 (age 61)
Elmira, New York
Political partyDemocratic
ResidenceCrofton, Maryland
Alma materUniversity of Maryland
Oxford University
Charles Thomas McMillen
No. 52, 54
Power forward / Center
Personal information
Born(1952-05-26) May 26, 1952 (age 61)
Elmira, New York
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 11 in (211 cm)
Listed weight215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High schoolMansfield
(Mansfield, Pennsylvania)
CollegeMaryland (1971–1974)
NBA draft1974 / Round: 1 / Pick: 9th overall
Selected by the Buffalo Braves
Pro playing career1974–1986
Career history
1974–1975Sinudyne Bologna (Italy)
19751976Buffalo Braves
1976–1977New York Knicks
19771983Atlanta Hawks
19831986Washington Bullets
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points5,914 (8.1 ppg)
Rebounds2,913 (4.0 rpg)
Assists788 (1.1 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com
College Basketball Hall of Fame
Inducted in 2013

Charles Thomas "Tom" McMillen (born May 26, 1952) is a retired NBA professional basketball player, Rhodes Scholar, and Democratic U.S. Congressman who represented the 4th congressional district of Maryland from January 3, 1987 to January 3, 1993. On March 22, 2011, he was appointed as Chairman of the inaugural Board of Directors of the President's Foundation on Sports, Physical Fitness, and Nutrition. He is also the author of Out of Bounds, a critical look at the unhealthy influence of sports on ethics, and he served on the Knight Foundation’s Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics investigating abuses within college sports.

Basketball[edit]

Prior to entering politics, McMillen was a star basketball player on all levels. In 1970, he was the number one high school basketball player in the U.S. coming out of Mansfield, Pennsylvania, and was the biggest recruiting catch early in Coach Lefty Driesell's career at the University of Maryland, beating out rival Coach Dean Smith of the University of North Carolina for McMillen's services. McMillen was also a member of the 1972 U.S. Olympic Basketball Team that lost a controversial gold medal game to the Soviet Union.

After graduating from Maryland in 1974, McMillen was drafted in the first round of the 1974 NBA Draft by the Buffalo Braves and the first round of the 1974 ABA Draft by the Virginia Squires.[1] McMillen signed with the Braves and during his eleven-year National Basketball Association career, he would play for the Braves, New York Knicks, Atlanta Hawks, and Washington Bullets before retiring in 1986 to pursue his political career. McMillen played for a year in Europe before joining the 1975–76 Buffalo Braves.[2]

Congress[edit]

He was elected to the U.S. Congress as a Democrat to represent Maryland's 4th district, and served 1987-1993 as that district's representative.[3] In 1992, however, the 4th was redrawn as a black-majority district due to a mandate from the Justice Department. McMillen's home in Crofton was drawn into the Eastern Shore-based 1st District, represented by one-term Republican Congressman Wayne Gilchrest. Although McMillen did very well in the more urbanized areas of the district near Baltimore and Washington, D.C., it was not enough to overcome Gilchrest's margin on the Eastern Shore, and he left the House in January 1993.

McMillen is thought to be the tallest-ever member of Congress. At 6 feet 11 inches, he is two feet taller than current Maryland Senator Barbara Mikulski, who is believed to be the shortest representative ever.[4]

Election history[edit]

YearOfficeSubjectPartyVotesPctOpponentPartyVotesPct
1986[5]Congress, District 4Tom McMillenDemocrat65,07150.16Robert R. NeallRepublican64,64349.84
1988[6]Congress, District 4Tom McMillenDemocrat128,62468.30Bradlyn McClanahanRepublican59,68831.70
1990[7]Congress, District 4Tom McMillenDemocrat85,60158.85Robert P. DuckworthRepublican59,84641.15
1992[8]Congress, District 1Tom McMillenDemocrat112,77148.43Wayne GilchrestRepublican120,08451.57

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Marjorie Holt
Representative of the Fourth Congressional District of Maryland
1987–1993
Succeeded by
Albert Wynn