Created by washingtonpost on Jan 4, 2011
Last updated: 01/04/11 at 07:13 PM
Senator Mikulski becomes the longest-serving female Senator in U.S. history, as well as the first woman to serve in both the House and the Senate and the first woman on numerous Congressional committees.
Senator Mikulski defeated Republican Eric Wargotz, a commissioner in Queen Anne's County, positioning her to become the longest-running female Senator in U.S. history.
As 74-year-old Mikulski geared up for a fifth Senatorial bid, one Republican adversary ran ads depicting her as a dinosaur.
From The Washington Post's Post Partisan blog: Maryland political blogosphere has gone berserk in the last 24 hours with the rumor that Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D) is planning to retire, adding to the Democrats’ headaches about keeping control of the Senate.
Senator Mikulski was appointed to the Senate Select Committee On Intelligence, which oversees all intelligence activities of the United States government. She went on to advocate for Maryland as a national cybersecurity center, helping bring U.S. Cyber Command to Fort Meade.
Mikluski was easily re-elected in 1992 (and again in 1998, 2004 and 2010). She noted that 1992 was a pivotal year for women in the Senate, as she was re-elected and four other female Democratic candidates won seats.
Mikulski is one of only 11 senators to have voted against the use of force in Iraq in both 1991 and 2002.
Senator Mikulski became the first female Democratic member of the Senate Appropriations Committee.
After four easy re-elections to the House, Mikulski moved to the Senate in 1987. She was the first Democratic woman to be elected to the Senate without succeeding her husband or father.
After an unsuccessful Senate bid in 1974, Mikulski was elected to the House in 1976 from Maryland's 3rd Congressional District, which she went on to represent for 10 years.
Mikulski built on her success fighting to block an interstate highway project through an historic East Baltimore neighborhood and won a seat on the Baltimore City Council. Pictured: homes in the 300 block of East 23 1/2 street in the early 1970's.
From The Washington Post: In 1970, the future senator Barbara Mikulski, then a young Baltimore politician, warned in the New York Times: 'The ethnic American feels unappreciated for the contribution he makes to society. In many ways he is treated like the machine he operates or the pencil he pushes.'