Congresswoman Donna F. Edwards released the following statement congratulating Senator Barbara Mikulski on becoming the longest serving woman in the history of the United States Senate. Today, Senator Mikulski will be sworn-in for her record fifth term.
“It is a testament to Senator Mikulski’s tenacity and leadership that she was the first female U.S. Senator elected by the State of Maryland and is now the longest serving woman in the history of the United States Senate. I congratulate her on this historic milestone. For over 24 years, Senator Mikulski demonstrated steadfast commitment to all Marylanders and a comprehensive vision for improving the lives of working families, increasing opportunities for women, and authorizing emergency response capabilities for Prince George’s County hospitals. She continues to bring the issue of fairness for women to the table, playing an instrumental role in the passage of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and ensuring that historic health care reform ended gender discrimination and required screening and preventative care for women.
On a personal note, I want to thank Senator Mikulski for being a mentor of mine since I first came to Congress. I am honored to call her my friend and colleague, and I look forward to continuing to work with her in the years ahead.”
Governor Martin O’Malley issued this statement yesterday on Senator Barbara Mikulski‘s swearing-in, which will take place on Wednesday, making her the longest serving woman in the history of the U.S. Senate:
“All Marylanders join together today proud of Senator Mikulski‘s accomplishment as the longest serving woman in the history of the United States Senate, and grateful for her advocacy and steadfast commitment to Maryland’s families.
“Senator Mikulski has demonstrated a vision to make Maryland a winner in this new economy. Her experience in the Senate offers the people of Maryland unique perspective and skill for implementing that vision. Her exceptional career is not only a testament to her dedication to public service, but also to her ability and willingness to find in others those same leadership qualities.
“I want to congratulate Senator Mikulski on this milestone, and I look forward to the years ahead as we work together for the benefit of the people of Maryland.”