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Maryland’s Sen. Barbara Mikulski Becomes Longest-Serving Woman In U.S. Congress

WASHINGTON (WJZ)– Maryland Senator Barbara Mikulski becomes the longest-serving female in Congress.

Weijia Jiang reports on the landmark achievement.

U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski is a trailblazer. Now her colleagues and her constituents are saying, “Thank You.”

For more than 35 years, Mikulski has represented Maryland on Capitol Hill.

So long that on Saturday she reached a milestone. Mikulski is now the longest-serving woman in the history of the Congress.

When Mikulski– a Democrat– went to the Senate in 1986, there was only one other woman, a Republican. Now there are 17 female senators who have forged a bond across party lines.

“When the day’s over, let’s kick back and put our lipstick on and have a glass of wine, and keep the institution and America going,” Mikulski said.

“We’re all a team as women. We may not agree on every issue, but that’s not the point,” Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) said.

So it’s fitting one of Mikulski’s passions is the battle for women’s health.

She wrote the law requiring federal standards for mammograms and fought for uninsured women to get screenings for breast and cervical cancers.

Mikulski started her career in East Baltimore where she grew up. She was a social worker helping at-risk children and educating seniors about Medicare.

“I think Barbara Mikulski has been an asset to the country and to Baltimore. I’m glad to know her, and glad to have voted for her,” said Dan Prives of Highlandtown.

Now, Mikulski is a leader among leaders. She’s officially the Dean of the Women– a mentor to other female senators when they first take office.

“I won’t always be here but I hope the legacy of civility I’ve worked with other women to create will remain,” she said.

Mikulski is scheduled to be honored on the Senate floor on Wednesday.

The late representative Edith Nourse Rogers– a Massachusetts Republican– was the longest-serving woman in Congress until Mikulski broke her record.

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  1. 1-0-3-0 WITHERSPOON says:

    she is a dean of fat people of over eating ,over weight, which leaves no time for her work. it has been proven over her years on watch as U.S SENATOR. this woman they call mikulski should have been thrown out with the rest of the rats and deat beats, skip artist

  2. RAUCHEL says:

    this is not a good thing cbs, this senator knows nothing about the everday hard working, over taxed men and woman of Maryland

  3. ASHELY says:

    LONGEST SERVING .WHAT ABOUT RESULTS? PRIORTYS, GOALS, ACOMPLISHMENTS. THE WHOLE STORY IS ABOUT HOW LONG SHE SERVED AND ATE

  4. WILL says:

    MIKULSKI =LOSER=0

  5. MARK says:

    WHAT HAS MIKULSKI DONE ABOUT THE DEBT, THE WARS, THE UNEMPLOYMENT, HIGH TAXES, HOUSING BUBBLE, TAX INCREASES, ILLEGALS, SECURITY AROUND THE BORDERS OF MEXCIO, DRUGS, BANK, WALL ST AUTO, INSURANCE BAIL OUTS, FUEL PRICES WHICH LEAD TO HIGHER RETAIL PRICES, OTHER THEN GAY MARRIAGE IS MIKULSKI ABLE TO MAKE A DECISION ON ANYTHING?

  6. TERRY says:

    AMERICA WE NEED LEADERSHIP , NOT JUST MARKING TIME WHAT BY THE WAY MIKULSKI HAS DONE WELL. HER TIME IN OFFICE AND POLITICS IS NOT HER FAVORITE SUBJECT.

  7. 1-0-3-0 WITHERSPOON says:

    SADLY SHE REPRESENTS A STATE OF MARYLAND. WHICH IS IN DIRE STRIATS ON EVERY LEVEL.WITH ALL HER EXPERIENCE AND THE POOR CONDITIONS OF HER STATE HOW CAN SHE BRAG ABOUT HER LONG TERM IN OFFICE. WHAT DID SHE LEARN. THIS IS NOT A GOOD THING FOR HER TO PUT OUT THERE WITHOUT HAVING GOOD RESULTS. WHAT AGAIN DID SHE LEARN AFTER 35 PLUS YEARS? SHOULDN’T SHE ASPIRE AT HER JOB, THINGS GET BETTER , LIKE A PAINTER AFTER 35 YEARS THEY ARE A MASTER AT THERE CRAFT.

    1. Scott says:

      Ms Mikulski did achieve a great deal in her lifetime and that was the predudice women faced in the political field they werent taken serious and basically were only allowed in the political world so it wouldnt look bad on D.C. shes managed to stay longer then most men in congress and iots not because shes a women i believe everyone has a right to thier opinion but each president has kept her on for a reason and i see it she couldnt do any worse then the empty promises of our now president when you talk about Maryland being in a bad way well so is every other state in the U.S. when Obama was here in Baltimore for a speech on his way to his inauguration the War plaza where he chose to speak is a tent city for the homeless which he ordered cleared out before his speach dont you think it would have been more impressive if he left them there and looked out at the American people and said this is the kind of issue we need to deal with here in our own country before we send billions overseas what happened to take care of your own first and what kind of president waits to visit one of the most horrific places in the history of the U.S. until he becomes president and thats ground zero but he flys over it constantly to play golf and never detoured to check it out Ms Milkulski has been there many times no one is perfect and if you think shes made no impact on congress your wrong or she wouldnt still be there she has more and pardon the exspression balls then most men and does fight for what she believes in weather it be right or wrong we all try to give people the benefit of the doubt as i did Obama not because hes the so called first black president but because of the promises hes made to the country how many has he accomplished my last count was none our gas prices have skyrocketed no jobs more homeless people with no gas and electric old people who have to chose between food or medicine soldiers who fight for thier country and everyone elses come home to have thier houses forclosed on and some dont make it home and thier families lose thier homes and for what to fight someone elses war Obamas first priority was to give himself executive decision his decision should have been to clean up our own country first instead of his wife skipping around the country telling people who cant even afford food how to eat healthy some are lucky to eat at all they dont know what its like to sit in the dark and not have breakfast for thier kids before thier sent off to school or to be told by a utility worker to give thier kids away to someone who can afford to pay a late electric bill i was appalled by that i heard that conversation with my own ears so before we pass judgement on one politician maybe that judgement should start at the top and work its way down im not disclaiming anyone elses opinions but the whole Obama regime has been nothing but empty promises and the country is in worse shape then it was when he was elected let the rest of the world handle thier own problems bring our miilitary home let them clean up the dope dealers and criminals off our own streets and make our own country liveable for everyone then help other countries as far as anyone being a master of thier craft Obama is the jack of all trades and the master of none .as for MsMilkulski she didnt put her 35 years out there the media did just as they did our President .

      1. wendy davdison says:

        scott you are truly a socialist

      2. ANTHONY says:

        SCOTT PUT THE PIPE DOWN

      3. dave says:

        Would you like some cheese to go with your whinning a-hole.. OBama could & has done more than Bush ever dreamed. Hey, Bin Laden is dead & GM is alive so fuc U.

      4. RON says:

        this is about mikulski not obummer,,,your off the track, MIKULSKI AGRESS WITH WHAT OBUMMER SAYS ,SO REALLY YOU ARE SO CONFUSED

      5. Paul says:

        Text wall…..Ms Milkulski operative

    2. LARRY says:

      17 TRILLION DEBT BIN LADEN IS DEAD, AND GM IS ALIVE, WHAT A BUBBLE YOU LIVE IN. FIRST SEAL TEAM 6 KILLED BIN LADEN NOT OBAMMA. GIVE CREDIT WERE CREDIT IS DUE. HAS MIKULSKI OR OBAMMA OR CARDIN , OR RUPPERSBERGER, OR OMALLY EVER VISIT THE VA HOSPITAL IN mARYLAND TO SEE HOW UNDER STAFF AND THE TREATMENT THE VETS THAT ARE RETURNING IS ABUSIVE, GM LETS WAIT AND SEE ABOUT THAT ONE $5.00 TO $.00 GAS COMING TO A PUMP NEW YOU AFTER ELECTIONS

  8. ED says:

    THIS PICTURE OF MIKULSKI LOOKS LIKE SHE CAN REALLY PUT IN A HARD DAY AT WORK. BUT WHAT REALLY PUZZLES ME IS MARYLAND AND HOW THEY THINK AND VOTE.

  9. NEIL says:

    your state your senator, one thing is for sure no one needs to wake her when feeding time comes

  10. JACK says:

    mikulski took away all the jobs on key highway and replaced them with high rise buildings. most miltary,comerical ships are subed out to forgein countrys. mikulski i personaly want to thank you for destroying our state,it took 35 years but yeah you were able to do manage,,, and still destroying our state what a slob

  11. STACY says:

    The first 35 years was a practice run she was warming up in the pig pen.The next 35 years she will roll up here sleeves and really go to work for Maryland

  12. ACE says:

    SHE SHOULD PUT A JOCK STRAP ON . AND ALL HER GIRL FREINDS CAN SIP WINE AND THANK YOU FOR RESPECTING ME IN THE MORNING

  13. ERIC says:

    MAYOR SHAFFER, GOVERNOR SHAFFER HAD MORE ACCOMPLISHMENTS IN ALL OF MARYLAND THEN MIKULSKI CAN EVER DREAM OF. MIKULSKI GETS ROBED RIGHT IN FRONT OF HER OWN HOUSE. THIS STORY SHOULD BE IN THE SUNDAY FUNNYS. AND HOW MANY PRESIDENTS DID SHE GET TO WORK WITH TO HELP MARYLAND AND NOTHING, I REPEAT NOTHING HAPPENED.

  14. RavenLude says:

    “longest serving woman in u.s. congress”……should be longest paycheck collecting woman in congress. she was a typical career politician and part of the monopoly of useless MD democrats

  15. GaryB says:

    35 Years!! This is too long to be in Washington! it;s time for her to go

  16. john smith says:

    ALthough she might make a great grandmom or aunt….as a senator she is an embarassment.

  17. Irv Betch says:

    She has done some good but she is way past her time to leave.

    1. SUSAN says:

      done some good okay there irv

  18. DAN says:

    MIKULSKI/BABS YOU WOULDN’T KNOW A FULL DAY OF WORK IF THE GOOD LORD HIMSELF CAME DOWN AND SMACKED YOU IN THE HEAD WITH IT. GET OUT MIKULSKI YOU LOOK LIKE YOU CAN BARELY WALK, TALK, TAKE A DIRT NAP OR SOMTHING JUST GET OUT OF OFFICE

  19. CHARLIE says:

    MARYLAND WILL KEEP MIKULSKI IN OFFICE IF IT MEANS PUTING HER IN A NURSING HOME. THIS WOMAN IS DONE, FINISHED, STICK A FORK IN HER .GET IT. CARDIN IS ANOTHER LIFER FOR MARYLAND FLYING UNDER RADAR DOING NOTHING FOR THE STATE OF MARYLAND . VOTE THE TRASH OUT. WISE UP MARYLAND

  20. KIM says:

    MIKULSKI AND PELOSIA . WHAT A PAIR OF BOOBS. GREAT JOB YOU TWO

  21. BRENDA says:

    mikulski it isn’a a female /male issue it is the best person issue,again you missed the mark the sha=bang-the show=the flick, mikulski your goal was not to improve maryland but get more woman in office,how twisted ,and maryland keeps putting her back in office, MARYLAND LOOK AROUND THIS IS NOT A LEADER

  22. TINA says:

    THE TITLE OF THIS STORY SHOULD READ THE LONGEST NON FUNCTIONAL SENATOR IN HISTORY

  23. JILL says:

    MIKULSKI YOU ARE WEBSTERS LISTING OF FAILURE

  24. Anne says:

    If we’re ever fortunate enough that she a) decides not to run again or b) is not re-elected, I hope she takes Ben Cardin with her. Geez Maryland – there are almost 6 million people living in this state and this is the best we can do?

  25. dave says:

    Dan,…..Anybody who writes in all Caps has no respect & is deemed useless.

  26. JERRY says:

    CAPS AND POLITICAL CORRECT IS A LOT OF BELONY, WILL GET BACK JOBS, PAY OFF 17 TRILLION DEBT, TALK ABOUT IT, ETC,ETC, CAN YOU SAY LETS TALK ABOUT IT USELESS AND NO RESPECT WOULD BE THE TITLE OF THIS STORY WITH DUE RESPECT TO ALL MARYLANDERS

    1. dave says:

      Jerry the jerkoff has spoken & the world is not listening.

  27. FISHER says:

    CAPS ARE A BIG ISSUE ,PRIORTYS

  28. ASHELY says:

    STAY WITH THE TOPIC RAMBLING ABOUT CAPS,,,CAPS, NO CAPS GET A GRIP HON

  29. WALT says:

    SHOW MIKULSKI RESPECT, SHOW ME 16 TRILLION DEBT PAID

  30. Dinosuar says:

    Hey Barb, did you sit behind Moses in the third grade?

    1. McNARD says:

      she sat in a buffet

  31. BETH ANN says:

    What a dead beat senator. In fact for that matter o’mally. cardin,ruppersberger are all in the same club. overweight, doing nothing for the state, overpaid,they find ways not to tax but steal from hard working people,when they overspent just a little 16 ,,17 trillion. we would be jailed, like i said dead beats, thieves

  32. When She Decides to LEAVE says:

    Since most of you think you can do a better job, why don’t you run for Senator? The truth is Ms. Mikulski will not leave office until she is ready. Ask WARGOTZ or WARHOLTZ or whatever his name is. He tried but he failed.

    1. JACKIE says:

      when you have unlimted funds anyone could get elected. but can and do they get the job done. this woman doesn’t care about here appearnce, she doesn’t even drag a comb through her hair. DO YOU REALLY THINK SHE CARES ABOUT MARYLAND OR YOU?

  33. LOL says:

    To dinosaur. You must have been the teacher of both MOSES and MIKULSKI. That makes you more prehistoric.

    1. Dinosuar says:

      Good one, That reminds me, Pretty sure I still owe David $5 from a bet, I was so sure Goliath was going to win. you win some you lose some.

  34. VALERIE says:

    if mikulski and cardin, and o’mally is the best maryland can offer, don’t complain about your near future or future of politics

  35. DIANNE says:

    MIKULSKI IS TALKING ABOUT LIP STICK, MARYLAND EAT IT UP.THIS WOMAN HAS DESTROYED MARYLAND. LIP STICK, WINE AND WOMAN IS ON BAB’S MIND,MARYLAND I THINK WE GOT US A PROBLEM

  36. NANCY says:

    you half to set the bar pretty low to make this woman look good. what a disgrace to Maryland

  37. USAT220 says:

    just another reason for term limits

  38. STEVE says:

    ATTENTION MARYLAND IT’S TIME TO CHANGE YOUR DIAPER YOUR SENATOR IS SMELLING UP THE WHOLE COUNTRY

  39. PETE says:

    SITTING IN CONGRESS WITH ALL THE PERKS. IS NOT SERVING YOUR COUNTRY. IT IS SERVING YOURSELF

  40. TERM LIMITS says:

    never heard of her must get Bill Maher to describe her sometime

  41. GEORGE says:

    Her theme song? Still Crazy After All these Years

  42. SILVER says:

    leave now!!!!!!! and take that big mouth pelosia with you!!!!!!!!!!!!

  43. RICK says:

    the longest career criminal, imagine that

  44. WHATTHESAID says:

    The president has term limits. Why not Congress? TERM LIMITS – NOW!

  45. REALITY CHECK says:

    i wonder how many earmarks, pork,and debt we have to pay for now that she was responsible for?

  46. WOOD says:

    36 YEARS IN CONGRESS! IT WOULD BE INTERESTING TO SEE WHAT SHE WAS WORTH , BEFORE SHE WENT TO CONGRESS. AND HOW MUCH SHE IS WORTH NOW……

  47. ROSS says:

    WE JUST COULDN’T FIGURE OUT WHY THIS COUNTRY STEADILY SPIRALS DOWN

  48. FRANK says:

    IF YOU EVER HEARD HER TALK , SHE IS DUMB AS A BOX OF ROCKS

  49. MARYLAND JOE says:

    A very Liberal Senator from the PEOPLES REPUBLIC of MARYLAND could be elected for the next 40 years. Dead or Alive Doesn’t Matter

  50. TERM LIMIT THESE says:

    term limits these CORRUPT-TO-THE-CORE LIFER POLITICIANS

  51. TERM LIMITS AND WISE UP says:

    SHE IS 75 YEARS OLD . MARYLAND DUST YOUR SELF OFF

  52. kirby says:

    wyy way WAY too long

  53. dave says:

    Miss piggy, fat fuc loks like a tuna fish sandwich.

  54. Wiseguy says:

    The dumacratic lemmings of Maryland keep voting her in office year after year.

    You reap what you sow.

  55. Howard Gottlieb says:

    There are lots of things in life where more experience is better. It sure seems, though, that politics is often not one of those and where too many people overstay their purpose and no longer serve the people who sent them into office.

    Howard Gottlieb
    http://www.easy-fundraising-ideas.com

  56. Mike says:

    Good riddance, she is definately part of the problem. Until these governments at all levels can learn to live within there means we are all doomed. U tax payers can not keep paying ever increasing taxes and fees.

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