Charles Thomas McMillen
|Charles Thomas McMillen|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Maryland's 4th district
January 3, 1987 – January 3, 1993
|Preceded by||Marjorie Holt|
|Succeeded by||Al Wynn|
May 26, 1952 |
Elmira, New York
|Alma mater||University of Maryland
|No. 52, 54|
|Power forward / Center|
May 26, 1952 |
Elmira, New York
|Listed height||6 ft 11 in (211 cm)|
|Listed weight||215 lb (98 kg)|
|NBA draft||1974 / Round: 1 / Pick: 9th overall|
|Selected by the Buffalo Braves|
|Pro playing career||1974–1986|
|1974–1975||Sinudyne Bologna (Italy)|
|1976–1977||New York Knicks|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NBA statistics|
|Points||5,914 (8.1 ppg)|
|Rebounds||2,913 (4.0 rpg)|
|Assists||788 (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.
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
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
|19865||Congress, District 4||Tom McMillen||Democrat||65,071||50.16||Robert R. Neall||Republican||64,643||49.84|
|19886||Congress, District 4||Tom McMillen||Democrat||128,624||68.30||Bradlyn McClanahan||Republican||59,688||31.70|
|19907||Congress, District 4||Tom McMillen||Democrat||85,601||58.85||Robert P. Duckworth||Republican||59,846||41.15|
|19928||Congress, District 1||Tom McMillen||Democrat||112,771||48.43||Wayne Gilchrest||Republican||120,084||51.57|
- DatabaseBasketball page on Tom McMillen
- "Aspiring To Higher Things: All-America, Rhodes scholar, NBA player, Tom McMillen is emulating Bill Bradley. Next, elective office". Sports Illustrated. 1982-04-05. Retrieved 2010-06-18.
- "Members of Congress / Tom McMillen". Washington Post. 2009. Retrieved 2009-08-24.
- Dowd, Maureen (April 20, 1987). "A Matter of Measurement". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-08-24.
- Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives (29 May 1987). "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 1986". U.S. Government Printing Office. Retrieved 8 April 2013.
- Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives (20 April 1989). "Statistics of the Presidential and Congressional Election of November 8, 1988". U.S. Government Printing Office. Retrieved 8 April 2013.
- Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives (29 April 1991). "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 6, 1990". U.S. Government Printing Office. Retrieved 8 April 2013.
- Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives (31 May 1993). "Statistics of the Presidential and Congressional Election of November 3, 1992". U.S. Government Printing Office. Retrieved 8 April 2013.
- Charles Thomas McMillen at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Career statistics and player information from Basketball-Reference.com
- "Tom McMillen to Speak at Mansfield University Commencement". mansfield.edu.
- "Mansfield University Commencement". mansfield.edu.
- National Foundation of Sports, Fitness and Nutrition. nationalfitnessfoundation.org
|United States House of Representatives|
|Representative of the Fourth Congressional District of Maryland
|Congressional delegations to the 100th–102nd United States Congresses from Maryland (ordered by seniority)|
|100th||Senate: Sarbanes • Mikulski||House: Byron • Dyson • Hoyer • Bentley • Cardin • McMillen • Mfume • Morella|
|101st||Senate: Sarbanes • Mikulski||House: Byron • Dyson • Hoyer • Bentley • McMillen • Cardin • Mfume • Morella|
|102nd||Senate: Sarbanes • Mikulski||House: Byron • Hoyer • Bentley • McMillen • Cardin • Mfume • Morella • Gilchrest|