Every issue is a women’s issue.
Today, Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski will be honored on the Senate floor for being the longest-serving woman in the history of Congress. Mikulski, 75, won a U.S. House seat in 1976. Saturday marks 12,858 days of service.
When she began only 16 women had served. Today the total number is 39 with 17 women currently in office. Today, in her unofficial role as the dean of Senate women, she holds regular gatherings with a bipartisan group of women senators and acts as their mentor, sharing the benefit of her decades-long experience on the Hill.
Senator Barbara Mikulski has dedicated her life to breaking down barriers, forging new paths, and opening wide the doors of opportunity for the next generation of women leaders. As the first Democratic woman elected to the Senate in her own right, she led the way for the many of us who came to public service after her. As she becomes the longest-serving woman in congressional history, she demonstrates the enduring nature of her leadership. Long may Senator Mikulski’s record stand.