Leaders On Capitol Hill Pay Tribute To Sen. Barbara Mikulski

WASHINGTON (WJZ)– Recording-breaking politician. Some of the nation’s top political leaders paid special tribute to Sen. Barbara Mikulski Wednesday.

As Derek Valcourt reports from the nation’s capital, Mikulski is the longest-serving female in U.S. history.

Barbara Mikulski first came to Washington in 1977. Now 35 years later, she has served in Congress longer than any other woman ever.

From the start and throughout her career she has been a fierce advocate for her state.

“People in Maryland are angry,” she said on the Senate floor.

This weekend, Barbara Mikulski made the history books for the amount of time she’s spent in Congress.

“It’s not just that she’s the longest-serving female in the history of the United States Congress,” Maryland Senator Ben Cardin said. “It’s what she’s done in office.”

Cardin helped lead a congressional tribute to Mikulski at the Capitol Wednesday for her many milestones– the first woman to serve in both chambers, the first Democratic woman ever elected to the Senate in her own right.

When she arrived, she was one of only two women in the Senate. Today, she is one of 17.

“And so many of us are here in the Senate because Barbara Mikulski knocked down the barriers one by one,” Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) said.

“I didn’t start out wanting to be a historic figure,” Mikulski said.

Born and raised in Baltimore, Mikulski got her start on the City Council.

Many in Baltimore remember personal stories.

“I bought this house from her because she had bought this house because it was in the path of the highway,” Tony Norris, a Fells Point resident, said.

Norris is among those who highly regard the senator.

“She does Maryland very well,” Norris said. “She helps us. Plus, she’s good for the whole country.”

But it’s the people of Maryland to whom Mikulski says she’ll be eternally grateful.

“And I want them to know, though I’ve now served in the Senate 12,892 days, I will never forget them,” she said. “And every morning, I’m saying in my heart, ‘Good morning! Can I help you?'”

Mikulski still has four years on her current term which means it could be a long time before another congresswoman breaks her record.

Former Senator Paul Sarbanes, Gov. Martin O’Malley and members of Mikulski’s family were all on hand at the Capitol during Wednesday’s tribute.

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  1. 1-0-3-0- WITHERSPON says:

    BORN IN RAISED IN BALTIMORE AND MUGGED IN FRONT OF HER HOME,JUST AS MAYOR SCHOMKE WAS. WHEN OUR POLITICANS START GETTING MUGGED INFRONT OF THEIR HOMES WOULDN’T YOU THINK MARYLAND HAS A SEVERE CRIME AND DRUG ISSUE TO ADDRESS .LOOK AT THE CRIME STATS.FIGURE IT OUT FOR YOUR SELF PEOPLE. THE STATE LOOKS LIKE A THIRD WORLD COUNTRY EXCEPT FOR SOME SMALL ELITE AREAS. IF YOU DON’T LIVE IN ONE OF THOSE ELITE AREAS YOU MULTIPLE ISSUES YOUR DEALING WITH!!!

  2. WHATHHESAY says:

    WHAT HAS SHE DONE? MILSTONES AND BARRIERS DON’T RECALL ANY FROM MIKULSKI. IT’S NOT HOW LOG BUT ACCOMPLISHMENTS. LIST THEM PLEASE CBS

  3. RAUCHEL says:

    WHAT A WASTE OF TAX PAYERS MONEY. PRAISING EACH OTHER ON HOW LONG SHE SERVED WHEN THERE SHOULD BE TURN LIMITS

  4. JEFF says:

    retire this mikulski lady. would you hire her for your firm, how much work and up to date on matters do you think mikulski is aware of?????? is this all they have to do at work.

  5. robertryan says:

    I heard she went to an all you can eat buffet & Golden Corral.

  6. RavenLude says:

    more democrats doing absolutely nothing………celebrating the amount of time a fellow democrat collected a heavy paycheck at the expense of the taxpayers for her job of doing absolutely nothing.

  7. RavenLude says:

    this troll has been collecting a paycheck on the taxpayer dime, longer then ive been alive………its beyond time to go!

  8. Benton Heights says:

    Her grandparents are probably turning over in their graves seeing the socialist granddaughter spearheading the collapse of this once great democracy. They fled and came to the US to embrace hard work and bettering themselves. Babs waddled through 12,892 days of finding ways to yank money off the money tree and spend .spend, spend. My grand children’s financial future is mortgaged to the hilt because of spenders like Babs, Ben and in the future Marty the liar.

  9. dave says:

    Milkulski looks like the sahpe of a Subway tuna sandwich.

  10. Angie says:

    She’s done a lot for Maryland and she deserves credit for everything she’s done every last one of you should be a shamed of your self come time to vote she will surely get my vote

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