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Senators Celebrate Mikulski As Longest Serving Woman in Congress

Senators Celebrate Mikulski As Longest Serving Woman in Congress

The good news is that Democratic Senator Barbara Mikulski is receiving the praise she is due.  As the longest serving female in congress, the Maryland politician has broken ground for all the women who will follow in her footsteps.

The bad news is that so few still have.

This week the senate celebrated Mikulski’s 35 years in office.  With more than 12,800 days in Congress under her belt in both the House and Senate, she’s seen a great deal of change since she was sworn in in 1987.  But not nearly enough.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell stated in his tribute, “The Senate has come pretty far, with 17 women now serving.”   But sadly, that’s a sad 17 percent of the senate, and the House percentages of representation is just as dismal.  At a time when women make up over 50 percent of the population, is less than one fifth of Congress really that “far?”

In the 2010 elections, the number of women decreased for the first time.  Thanks to special election wins, that number stabilized, but we’re heading into another election where women candidates need to be supported.

Women deserve more than 17 percent.

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4:56AM PDT on Mar 26, 2012

Thanks for the article.

7:50PM PDT on Mar 23, 2012

Growing up in Baltimore, she was a household name. I have admired her for many years.

11:22AM PDT on Mar 23, 2012

I live in Baltimore and occasionally try to send her an email telling her how much we love her. She is "the little engine that could". She not only cares about Marylanders, but time and time again, co-sponsors bills for equality and animal rights. She is fearless and I adore her.

8:48AM PDT on Mar 23, 2012

A trailblazer...but fewer can follow when the money for campaigns now are primarily corporate and mega-wealth, where males dominate demographically even more...even 'modern' firms like Expedia have no women on their boards of directors........

7:56AM PDT on Mar 23, 2012

Good point! No need for term limits.

7:27AM PDT on Mar 23, 2012

Please request the assistance of Elizabeth Warren in assurances that this pipeline is going to have minor impact on those around its path in case of ruptures. God bless

7:15AM PDT on Mar 23, 2012

I'm from Maryland and used to be a big supporter of her, until she voted for NDAA and when I wrote her her reply was a ridiculous excuse. She will never get my vote again.

7:11PM PDT on Mar 22, 2012

i saw a newstory about her the other day, i was in awe of her passion when they showed a snipet of her going off about women's rights. i love that she stands strong for civil rights, we need more people like her in our government

2:45PM PDT on Mar 22, 2012

Congratulations dear lady. I am sure you had to put up with a bunch of stinkers.

2:24PM PDT on Mar 22, 2012

(: thanks for the article.

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