Mikulski, Senator Barbara Ann
Senate Years of Service: 1987-
MIKULSKI, Barbara Ann, a Representative and a Senator from Maryland; born in Baltimore, Md., July 20, 1936; graduated, Mount St. Agnes College 1958; received a graduate degree from the University of Maryland School of Social Work 1965; social worker in Baltimore; college professor; member, Baltimore City Council 1971-1976; unsuccessful Democratic candidate for the United States Senate in 1974; elected as a Democrat to the Ninety-fifth Congress; reelected to the four succeeding Congresses and served from January 3, 1977, to January 3, 1987; was not a candidate for reelection to the House of Representatives in 1986, but was elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate in 1986; reelected in 1992, 1998 and 2004 for the term ending January 3, 2011; Democratic Conference secretary (1995-).
Senator Barbara Mikulski
The most senior female U.S. senator
Born 1936. Democratic Senator Mikulski has represented Maryland since 1987 and is the most senior female U.S. senator. Born as the great-granddaughter of Polish immigrants who owned a local bakery, she was raised in historic and ethnically diverse East Baltimore.
After receiving her Master of Social Work from the University of Maryland, Mikulski went to work on the front lines of President John F. Kennedy's war against poverty. In 1976, she ran for the House of Representatives, winning 76 percent of the vote.
Although in 1986 Mikulski announced her retirement from politics, she decided later to run for the Senate seat vacated by retiring Senator Charles Mathias. She won the race, and since then has been re-elected with large majorities in 1992, 1998 and 2004.
Senator Mikulski has never forgotten about her heritage. She has been shedding light on the Soviet massacre of Polish officers and intelligentsia in Katyn and served as an honorary member of the Polish Women's Alliance.
Recently Senator Mikulski has been working together with Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) to introduce legislation that would designate Poland as a candidate for the U.S. visa waiver program. "Poland is a reliable ally, not just by treaty but in deeds," Senator Mikulski reminded Congress in 2005.From: Good News 2005 - 2006. A publication of the American Institute of Polish Culture of Miami, Florida.
Barbara Ann Mikulski
Born Jul. 20, 1936, Baltimore (MD), U.S.
Education: Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Mt. St. Agnes Colllege, Baltimore, 1958; Master of Social Work, University of Maryland. College Park, 1965; honorary Doctor of Laws (LL.D.), Bowie State University (MD), 1989, Morgan State University, Baltimore, 1990, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 1991.
Career: in Baltimore - social worker, Department of Social Services, Baltimore Health & Welfare Council, 1961-63, 1966-70, teacher, VISTA Training Center, Mt. St. Mary's Seminary, 1965-70, adjunct prof., Loyola College, 1972-76, city councilwoman, Baltimore City Council, 1971-77; U.S. representative, House of Representatives, 1977-87, U.S. senator, U.S. Senate, 1987 -, Washington (DC).
From: "Who's Who in Polish America" 1st Edition 1996-1997, Boleslaw Wierzbianski editor; Bicentennial Publishing Corporation, New York, NY, 1996