ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski is praising Geraldine Ferraro as a “path-breaking figure,” who paved the way for women like Hillary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi.

Mikulski, D-Md., paid tribute to Ferraro, a close friend who died Saturday. Ferraro became the first woman on a major party ticket when she was chosen by Democratic presidential nominee Walter Mondale in 1984 as a vice presidential candidate.

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Mikulski, who became the longest serving woman in the history of the U.S. Senate this year, says Ferraro “made an indelible mark on our nation’s history.”

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She also says Ferraro paved the way for women in their day-to-day lives. She says woman began looking at themselves in a new way after Ferraro became a vice presidential candidate.

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