Archives of Maryland
(Biographical Series)

Barbara Ann Mikulski (1936-)
MSA SC 3520-2094


Born in Baltimore on July 20, 1936.  Daughter of Christine and William Mikulski.  Attended Mount Saint Agnes College, B.A., 1958 and the University of Maryland School of Social Work, M.S.W., 1965. 

Worked in her parents grocery store in East Baltimore.  Member, Baltimore City Council, 1971-76.  Chair, Democratic Party Commission on Delegate Selection and Party Structure, 1973.  Adjunct professor, Department of Sociology, Loyola College.  Member, U.S. House of Representatives, 1977-87.  Member, Energy and Commerce Committee, 1977-87; Merchant Marine and Fisheries Committee, 1977-87.

Member, U.S. Senate, 1987-present.  First Democratic woman to hold a Senate seat not previously held by her husband; first Democratic woman to serve in both houses of Congress; and the first woman to win a statewide election in Maryland.  Member, Appropriations Committee, 1987- (foreign operations subcommittee, 1987; treasury & general government subcommittee, 1987-; transportation & related agencies subcommittee, 1989-; commerce, justice, state & the judiciary subcommittee, 1997-; chair, veterans affairs, department of housing & urban development, & independent agencies subcommittee, 2001-, member, 1987-); Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee (public health & safety subcommittee, 1997-; chair,aging subcommittee, 2001-, member, 1993-); Ethics Study Commission, 1993-; Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, 2001-. Secretary, Democratic Conference, 1995-.  She was unanimously elected as Secretary of the Democratic Conference for the 104th Congress in 1994, the first woman to be elected to a Democratic leadership position in the Senate.

Member of the Executive committee, Congresswomen's Caucus.  Member, Bainbridge Re-Use Advisory Committee, 1996-97.  Consultant, National Center for Urban Ethnic Affairs.  Delegate, International Women's Year Conference, 1980.  Member, National Organization for Women and National Women's Political Caucus. Delegate, Democratic Party National Convention, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000.  Author, Capitol Offense (1996); Capitol Venture (1997).  Honorary degrees from Morgan State University, 1990; Hood College; Goucher College, 1991; Pratt Institute, New York; and the Johns Hopkins University, 1995.  Named Most Trustworthy Politician, Baltimore Magazine, 1996.  Lifetime Achievement Award, Maryland Chapter, Arthritis Foundation, 1999.

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