A Major Milestone for Maryland’s Mikulski

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Sen. Barbara Mikulski's memorabilia in her regional office in Baltimore, Maryland.

With more than 35 years of service in the House and Senate, Barbara Mikulski is reaching a milestone: the longest-serving woman in the history of Congress.

Mikulski, a Maryland Democrat, hits the mark tomorrow, when she will pass Edith Nourse Rogers, a Republican from Massachusetts who was in the House from 1925 to 1960.

Mikulski, 75, was first elected to the House in 1976 and to the Senate in 1986. She won a fourth six-year term in 2010.

Among those honoring Mikulski’s achievement today was House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California, whose 25 years of congressional service makes her the 10th longest-serving woman in history.

Four other women on the top 10 list continue to serve in Congress. Senator Olympia Snowe, a Maine Republican who is not seeking re-election this year, ranks third; Senator Barbara Boxer, a California Democrat, and Representative Marcy Kaptur, an Ohio Democrat, are tied for fifth; and Louise Slaughter, a New York Democrat, is ninth.

There are 74 women in the 435-member House and 17 women in the 100-member Senate. There have been 277 women who have served in one or both chambers.

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