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Barbara Mikulski
United States Senator
from Maryland
In office
January 3, 1987 â€“ January 3, 2017
Preceded by Charles Mathias
Succeeded by Chris Van Hollen
Ranking Member of the Senate Appropriations Committee
In office
January 3, 2015 â€“ January 3, 2017
Preceded by Richard Shelby
Succeeded by Patrick Leahy
Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee
In office
December 17, 2012 â€“ January 3, 2015
Preceded by Dan Inouye
Succeeded by Thad Cochran
Secretary of the Senate Democratic Conference
In office
January 3, 1995 â€“ January 3, 2005
Leader George Mitchell
Tom Daschle
Preceded by David Pryor
Succeeded by Debbie Stabenow
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Maryland’s 3rd district
In office
January 3, 1977 â€“ January 3, 1987
Preceded by Paul Sarbanes
Succeeded by Ben Cardin
Personal details
Born Barbara Ann Mikulski
(1936-07-20) July 20, 1936 (age 80)
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Education Mount St. Agnes College (BA)
University of Maryland, Baltimore (MSW)

I was a social worker for Baltimore families. Now I'm a social worker building opportunities for families throughout America.
Barbara Mikulski
A pregnant woman facing the most dire circumstances must be able to count on her doctor to do what is medically necessary to protect her from serious physical harm.
Barbara Mikulski
Women would be disproportionately affected by the privatization of social security. It is one of the most important safety nets for American women in old age, or in times of disability, to insure financial income for their families.
Barbara Mikulski
The American system of democracy is founded on the concept that every citizen has the right to vote, to know that their vote is counted, and that the vote is counted accurately.
Barbara Mikulski
Twenty-six years ago, I became the first Democratic woman elected to the Senate in her own right. I was the first, but I made sure I wasn't the only.
Barbara Mikulski
Parents today are under a lot of stress, sometimes working two jobs just to make ends meet. They're trying to find day care for their kids and elder care for their own parents. The Federal Government shouldn't add to their worries by not living up to its obligations.
Barbara Mikulski
Women leading means that Congress is working to create jobs, make quality child care more affordable and strengthen the middle class because we understand that America grows the economy and opportunity from the middle out, not the top down.
Barbara Mikulski
College is part of the American dream. It shouldn't be part of a financial nightmare for families.
Barbara Mikulski
I am emphatically against the privatization of Social Security. It is going to hurt millions of American women, American families and ultimately the whole country.
Barbara Mikulski
When we stand up for America, we stand up for what America stands for, which is a safety net for our seniors and really helping our families be able to help themselves.
Barbara Mikulski
I believe honor thy mother and father is not just a good commandment to live by, it is good public policy to govern by. That is why I feel so strongly about Medicare.
Barbara Mikulski
The world must know that America holds to the highest standards of military conduct and human rights protections. Anything less is unacceptable.
Barbara Mikulski
I thought in this country, the best social program was a job. Yet minimum wage jobs aren't paying enough to keep families out of poverty.
Barbara Mikulski
America must continue diplomacy, even as we continue the war, to expand the coalition of the willing to share the burden of war and to share the responsibility and the economic cost of rebuilding Iraq.
Barbara Mikulski
We, the women of the Senate, with President Obama by our side, will keep fighting – our shoulders square, our lipstick on – because you deserve equal pay for your hard work.
Barbara Mikulski
The women of the Senate are like the U.S. Olympic team: we come in different sizes, but we sure are united in our determination to do the best for our country!
Barbara Mikulski
The 77 cents that women make for every dollar men earn makes a real difference to our families – families stretching to make every dollar count.
Barbara Mikulski
Every vote counts and every vote must be counted.
I'm so proud of Maryland's firefighters, risking their lives to protect others, but we need to protect our protectors with the best equipment training and resources.
Barbara Mikulski
Each one of us can make a difference. Together we make change.
When one gets old and they are sick, there are not many things they can count on but they should be able to count on Social Security. Our seniors' retirement should never rely on the bull of political promises or the bear of the market.
Barbara Mikulski
Community colleges are one of America's great social inventions a gateway to the future for first time students looking for an affordable college education, and for mid-career students looking to get ahead in the workplace.
Barbara Mikulski
I don't want women and their families to be left out and left behind. We can fight for them. We will fight for them. They deserve better and I want to give them better.
Barbara Mikulski
I will fight in the United States Senate this year to fund a servicing mission to Hubble by 2008, a mission that would potentially increase Hubble's power and efficiency by a factor of 10 and allow us to look back almost to the beginning of the universe.
Barbara Mikulski
America is not a melting pot. It is a sizzling cauldron.
I would like to be the first ambassador to the United States from the United States.
Barbara Mikulski
You can't get more for less. You get what you pay for.
Do we want an Attorney General who will play politics with the law, play politics with the court and just play politics with international conventions designed to protect our troops? I do not want to play that kind of politics. I am going to vote against Alberto Gonzales.
Barbara Mikulski
Our seniors' retirement should never rely on the bull of political promises or the bear of the market.
Barbara Mikulski
Family responsibility, yes, and always. Family bankruptcy due to the cruel rules of government, no.
Barbara Mikulski