Barbara Mikulski

Born:July 20, 1936 (age 83)
Career:U.S. Senate, 1987-2017
U.S. House of Representatives, 1977-1987
Baltimore City Council, 1971-1976
Education:Mt. St. Agnes College
University of Maryland School of Social Work

Barbara Mikulski served as Maryland's United States senator from 1986 to 2017. Mikulski became the first Democrat woman senator elected in her own right, and as a senior senator she served as the Dean of Women, mentoring women senators who first take office. In March 2012, she became the longest-serving woman in Congress.

Mikulski was born July 20, 1936, in the Highlandtown neighborhood in East Baltimore. She graduated from Mount Saint Agnes College, which is now a part of Loyola College in Maryland, and received her master's degree in social work from the University of Maryland School of Social Work. Prior to serving in the United States Senate, Mikulski worked as a social worker for Catholic Charities and Baltimore's Department of Social Service, where she helped at-risk children and educated seniors about Medicare. She was elected to the Baltimore City Council in 1971 and in 1976, was elected to Congress to represent Maryland's 3rd district, a position she held for ten years.

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