Tom McMillen

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Tom 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 by Marjorie Holt
Succeeded by Al Wynn
Chairman of the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports
In office
President George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton
Preceded by Arnold Schwarzenegger
Personal details
Born Charles Thomas McMillen
(1952-05-26) May 26, 1952 (age 66)
Elmira, New York
Political party Democratic
Residence Crofton, Maryland
Alma mater University of Maryland
Oxford University
Basketball career
Personal information
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 Virtus 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[1], 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.[2]

Basketball career[edit]

McMillen playing for Virtus in Italy, 1975

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 with the ninth pick 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.[3] McMillen signed with the Braves but postponed his entry into the NBA in order to attend the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. During his time at Oxford, McMillen commuted to Bologna, to play for Italian club Virtus Bologna.[4] 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.


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.[5]

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, and McMillen lost his reelection bid.

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.[6]

After Congress[edit]

McMillen was appointed to the University System of Maryland's Board of Regents in 2007, where he served until June 30, 2015. He was replaced by Robert R. Neall whom McMillen had defeated for Congress in 1986.[7]

In September 2015, McMillen was selected to lead the Division 1-A Athletic Directors’ Association as it moved from Dallas to Washington, D.C.[2] He remains President and Chief Executive Officer of the renamed Lead1 Association, now advocating for athletic directors at Football Bowl Subdivision universities.[8][9]


McMillen is married to Dr. Judith Niemyer.[10]

Election history[edit]

Year Office Subject Party Votes Pct Opponent Party Votes Pct
1986[11] Congress, District 4 Tom McMillen Democrat 65,071 50.16 Robert R. Neall Republican 64,643 49.84
1988[12] Congress, District 4 Tom McMillen Democrat 128,624 68.30 Bradlyn McClanahan Republican 59,688 31.70
1990[13] Congress, District 4 Tom McMillen Democrat 85,601 58.85 Robert P. Duckworth Republican 59,846 41.15
1992[14] Congress, District 1 Tom McMillen Democrat 112,771 48.43 Wayne Gilchrest Republican 120,084 51.57


  1. ^ McMillen, Tom; Coggins, Paul (May 1, 1992). "Out of Bounds: How the American Sport Establishment Is Being Driven by Greed Hypocrisy-And What Need to Be Done About It". Amazon. Simon & Schuster. 
  2. ^ a b "Ex-Terp Tom McMillen tapped to lead Division 1A Athletic Directors' Association". The Baltimore Sun. September 21, 2015. Retrieved December 26, 2017. 
  3. ^ DatabaseBasketball page on Tom McMillen Archived July 19, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ "Aspiring To Higher Things: All-America, Rhodes Scholar, NBA player, Tom McMillen is emulating Bill Bradley. Next, elective office". Sports Illustrated. April 5, 1982. Retrieved June 18, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Members of Congress/Tom McMillen". The Washington Post. 2009. Retrieved August 24, 2009. 
  6. ^ Dowd, Maureen (April 20, 1987). "A Matter of Measurement", The New York Times; retrieved August 24, 2009.
  7. ^ Barker, Jeff (March 16, 2015). "Former Rep. Tom McMillen replaced as Maryland regent". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved December 22, 2017. 
  8. ^ "Tom McMillen - Lead1 Association". Lead1 Association. Retrieved December 26, 2017. 
  9. ^ Hobson, Will (December 22, 2017). "Why the new GOP tax law is setting off a dash for cash at many major college sports programs". The Washington Post. Retrieved December 26, 2017. 
  10. ^ Shapiro, Leonard (June 7, 2016). "Tom McMillen Still Has That Feathery Touch". Middleburg Life. Greenhill Media, LLC. 
  11. ^ Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives (May 29, 1987). "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 1986" (PDF). U.S. Government Printing Office. Retrieved April 8, 2013. 
  12. ^ Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives (April 20, 1989). "Statistics of the Presidential and Congressional Election of November 8, 1988" (PDF). U.S. Government Printing Office. Retrieved April 8, 2013. 
  13. ^ Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives (April 29, 1991). "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 6, 1990" (PDF). U.S. Government Printing Office. Retrieved April 8, 2013. 
  14. ^ Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives (May 31, 1993). "Statistics of the Presidential and Congressional Election of November 3, 1992" (PDF). U.S. Government Printing Office. Retrieved April 8, 2013. 

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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