Tom McMillen

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Charles Thomas McMillen
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Maryland's 4th district
In office
January 3, 1987 – January 3, 1993
Preceded by Marjorie Holt
Succeeded by Al Wynn
Chair of the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports
In office
1993 – ?
President George H. W. Bush, bill clinton
Preceded by Arnold schwarzenegger
Personal details
Born (1952-05-26) May 26, 1952 (age 65)
Elmira, New York
Political party Democratic
Residence Crofton, Maryland
Alma mater University of Maryland
Oxford University
Tom McMillen
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McMillen playing for Virtus in Italy, 1975
Personal information
Born (1952-05-26) May 26, 1952 (age 65)
Elmira, New York
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)
Listed weight 215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school Mansfield (Mansfield, Pennsylvania)
College Maryland (1971–1974)
NBA draft 1974 / Round: 1 / Pick: 9th overall
Selected by the Buffalo Braves
Playing career 1974–1986
Position Power forward / Center
Number 52, 54
Career history
1974–1975 Sinudyne Bologna
19751976 Buffalo Braves
1976–1977 New York Knicks
19771983 Atlanta Hawks
19831986 Washington Bullets
Career highlights and awards
  • Consensus second-team All-American (1973)
  • Second-team All-American – NABC, UPI (1974)
  • 2× Third-team All-American – AP (1972, 1974)
  • Third-team All-American – UPI (1972)
Career NBA statistics
Points 5,914 (8.1 ppg)
Rebounds 2,913 (4.0 rpg)
Assists 788 (1.1 apg)
Stats at
College Basketball Hall of Fame
Inducted in 2013

Charles Thomas McMillen (born May 26, 1952) is a retired 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.


McMillen is married to Dr. Judith Niemyer, MD.[citation needed]


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.

McMillen received his B.S. from University of Maryland in chemistry, which is part of the University of Maryland College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences. 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.

During his eleven-year National Basketball Association career, he played for the Braves, New York Knicks, Atlanta Hawks, and Washington Bullets, before he retired in 1986 to pursue his political career. McMillen played for a year in Europe before joining the 1975–76 Buffalo Braves.[2]


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, the 4th was redrawn as a black-majority district due to a mandate from the Justice Department. His 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. McMillen left the House in January 1993.[citation needed]

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

Election history[edit]

Year Office Subject Party Votes Pct Opponent Party Votes Pct
1986[5] Congress, District 4 Tom McMillen Democrat 65,071 50.16 Robert R. Neall Republican 64,643 49.84
1988[6] Congress, District 4 Tom McMillen Democrat 128,624 68.30 Bradlyn McClanahan Republican 59,688 31.70
1990[7] Congress, District 4 Tom McMillen Democrat 85,601 58.85 Robert P. Duckworth Republican 59,846 41.15
1992[8] Congress, District 1 Tom McMillen Democrat 112,771 48.43 Wayne Gilchrest Republican 120,084 51.57


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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Marjorie Holt
Representative of the Fourth Congressional District of Maryland
Succeeded by
Albert Wynn