35 Facts About Barbara Mikulski


Barbara Ann Mikulski is an American politician and social worker who served as a United States senator from Maryland from 1987 to 2017.


Barbara Mikulski was elected to the House of Representatives in 1976, and in 1986, she became the first woman elected to the United States Senate from Maryland.


Barbara Mikulski was the first woman and first Marylander to hold the position.


Barbara Mikulski served on the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee and the Select Committee on Intelligence.


On March 2,2015, Barbara Mikulski announced that she would retire after five terms in the Senate and would not seek reelection in 2016.


In January 2017, Mikulski joined Johns Hopkins University as a professor of public policy and advisor to University President Ronald J Daniels.


Barbara Mikulski was born and raised in the Fell's Point neighborhood of East Baltimore, the eldest of the three daughters of Christine Eleanor and William Barbara Mikulski.


Barbara Mikulski's parents were both of Polish descent; her immigrant great-grandparents had owned a bakery in Baltimore.


Barbara Mikulski worked as a social worker for Catholic charities and Baltimore's Department of Social Services, helping at-risk children and educating seniors about the Medicare program.


Barbara Mikulski became an activist social worker when she heard about plans to build Interstate 95 through Baltimore's Fells Point and Canton neighborhoods.


Barbara Mikulski helped organize communities on both sides of the city and successfully fought to stop the construction of the road.


Barbara Mikulski first received national attention in 1970 because of her remarks at a conference at The Catholic University of America regarding "Ethnic Americans" convened by Msgr.


Barbara Mikulski's message became one of the major documents of the "ethnic movement".


Barbara Mikulski pays the bill for every major government program and gets nothing or little in the way of return.


Barbara Mikulski resents the way the working class is looked down upon.


Barbara Mikulski is tired of being treated like an object of production.


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


Barbara Mikulski was instrumental in solidifying democratizing reforms to the national delegate selection process.


Barbara Mikulski was reelected four more times, never facing substantive opposition.


Barbara Mikulski first ran for the US Senate in 1974, winning the Democratic nomination to face Republican incumbent Charles Mathias.


Barbara Mikulski lost popularity with voters, opening the door for Mikulski's bid for the Senate.


Barbara Mikulski served alongside Paul Sarbanes, the man she'd succeeded in the House.


Barbara Mikulski, popularly known as "Senator Barb", was re-elected with large majorities in 1992,1998,2004, and 2010.


Senator Barbara Mikulski nominated Hillary Clinton for President of the United States at the Democratic National Convention on July 26,2016.


From 2007 to 2017, Barbara Mikulski served alongside Ben Cardin, who succeeded her in the 3rd District and held it for 20 years until succeeding Sarbanes in the Senate.


In 2014, Barbara Mikulski was voted the "meanest senator" in Washingtonian's survey of congressional staffers.


Barbara Mikulski was one of 11 senators to vote against both the 1991 and 2002 resolutions authorizing the use of force in Iraq.


Barbara Mikulski has opposed predatory lending, and has been an outspoken opponent of Fairbanks Capital, alleged to have illegally foreclosed on over 100 homes in Maryland.


Barbara Mikulski has been an outspoken advocate for the Equal Rights Amendment.


Barbara Mikulski has spoken in support of abortion rights and has stated she does not view the opposition to this issue as misogynistic.


On October 1,2008, Barbara Mikulski voted in favor of HR1424, the Senate version of the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008, which provided a $700 billion bailout to the United States financial market.


In October 2013, Barbara Mikulski sponsored a bill honoring naturopathic medicine.


In 2011, Barbara Mikulski was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame.


Also in 2012, Barbara Mikulski was presented the Harriet Ross Tubman Lifetime Achievement Award by the Maryland African American Tourism Council.


In November 2015, Barbara Mikulski was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama at a ceremony in the White House.