Barbara Mikulski of IWF Washington, DC who is the longest-serving woman in congressional history, the first woman Democrat to win a Senate seat without inheriting it and the first woman to chair the Senate’s Appropriations Committee, retired this week.
Mikulski is a vanguard for women in politics. Her first election was a successful run for Baltimore City Council in 1971. In 1976, she ran for Congress and won, representing Maryland for 10 years. In 1986, she ran for Senate and won, becoming the first Democratic woman Senator elected in her own right. In 1992, 1998, 2004 and 2010 she was reelected by Maryland voters by landslide.
Of her milestones, she said, “It’s not about how long I serve, but about how well I serve my state and my nation.” In her career she was a champion in the senate for quality education, women’s health, military veterans, NASA and seniors. She led efforts to mentor new women taking office in the Senate.
IWF salutes Barbara Mikulski as she passes the torch to tomorrow’s women leaders in politics.
Watch my remarks on the Senate floor thanking the people of Maryland for the opportunity to serve. https://t.co/7CLK9cyBlN
— Barbara Mikulski (@SenatorBarb) December 16, 2016