WASHINGTON, March 2, 2015 – Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., announced Monday that she will retire at the end of the 114th Congress in 2017, ending the longest congressional career of any woman in history.
Mikulski, 78, was elected to the House of Representatives in 1976 and in 1986 she came the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate from Maryland. She also was the first woman to chair the Appropriations Committee, taking over the panel on the death of Daniel Inouye of Hawaii in December 2012. She is now the committee’s ranking member.
Potential successors in the highly Democratic state include Democratic Reps. Chris Van Hollen and Elijah Cummings, as well as Rep. John Sarbanes, whose father also served in the Senate. Other names being mentioned include former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley, who is considering a run for the presidency, and Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.
Republicans who might consider a run include former governor Bob Ehrlich and Rep. Andy Harris.
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