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Sen. Mikulski Honored For Long Tenure In Congress

Sen. Barbara Mikulski attends a NASA event in November. The longtime lawmaker will be honored for her service in Congress this week.
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Sen. Barbara Mikulski attends a NASA event in November. The longtime lawmaker will be honored for her service in Congress this week.

Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski is set to be honored this week after serving more than 35 years in the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate, according to Associated Press. That stretch on Capitol Hill means Mikulski has become the longest serving woman in the history of Congress. 

Mikulski began her  career in the House of Representatives back in 1976, after serving on the Baltimore City council. Eventually, she became the first Democratic woman elected to the Senate by her own merit, not succeeding a spouse or a son. 

Mikulski became the longest serving woman in the senate when she was sworn in for her 5th term back in January 2011. She surpassed the late Rep. Edith Nourse Rodgers (R-Mass.) who served from 1925 to 1960. Mikulski will be honored during  a special ceremony scheduled for Wednesday on the Senate floor.

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