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Barbara Mikulski

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Barbara Mikulski
U.S. Senior Senator, Maryland
Party Democratic
Assumed office (class 3)

January 6, 1987
Serving with Ben Cardin

Preceded by Charles Mathias, Jr.
Born July 20, 1936
Spouse Frank Snellings
Religion Roman Catholic

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Barbara Ann Mikulski (born July 20, 1936) is an American politician of the Democratic Party, and the senior Senator from the state of Maryland. In 2008, she was the most senior female Senator, having served since 1987.



Born as the great-granddaughter of Polish immigrants who owned a local bakery, Barbara is the oldest of three daughters of Christine Kutz and William Mikulski. [1]

Mikulski became an activist social worker when she heard about plans to build a 16-lane highway through Baltimore's Fells Point neighborhood. She helped organize communities on both sides of the city and stopped the construction of the road, saving Fells Point and Baltimore's Inner Harbor.

Mikulski's activism led to a seat on the Baltimore City Council in 1971.

In 1974 she ran for the U.S. Senate for the first time, but was defeated by the Republican incumbent, Charles Mathias, Jr. It turned out to be the only time that Mikulski ever lost an election.

In 1976, she won the Democratic nomination for the 3rd Congressional District of Maryland after the incumbent, Paul Sarbanes, made a successful run for the Senate. She was easily elected in November, winning 76% of the vote. She was reelected four more times, never facing substantive opposition in the heavily Democratic district.


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