MIKULSKI, Barbara Ann



MIKULSKI, Barbara Ann, a Senator and a Representative 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, 2004 and again in 2010, and served from January 3, 1987, to January 3, 2017; Democratic Conference secretary (1995-2005); chair, Committee on Appropriations (One Hundred Twelfth [December 20, 2012-January 3, 2013] and One Hundred Thirteenth Congresses); was not a candidate for reelection to the Senate in 2016.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

Johns Hopkins University
Special Collections

Baltimore, MD
Papers: Senatorial papers. Closed pending processing.

Radcliffe College
Schlesinger Library

Boston, MA
Papers. In 9 to 5, National Association of Working Women records, 1972-1986; and Candidates for public office campaign materials, 1966-1976.

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Bibliography / Further Reading

Mikulski, Barbara, with Marylouis Oates. Capitol Offense (novel). New York: Dutton, 1996.

___. Capitol Venture: A Novel. New York: Dutton, 1997.

___, et al. Nine and Counting: The Women of the Senate. New York: Perennial, 2001.

"Barbara Mikulski," in Women in Congress, 1917-2006. Prepared under the direction of the Committee on House Administration by the Office of History & Preservation, U.S. House of Representatives. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 2006.

U.S. Congress. Tributes Delivered in Congress: Barbara A. Mikulski, United States Congresswoman, 1977-1987, United States Senator, 1987-. Washington: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2012.

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Committee Assignments

  • House Committee - Energy and Commerce
  • House Committee - Interstate and Foreign Commerce
  • House Committee - Merchant Marine and Fisheries
    • Oceanography - Chair
  • House Committee - Select Committee on Children, Youth, and Families
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