Barbara Mikulski

Saying Goodbye to the Departing Members of the 114th Congress

Hal Rogers Celebrated at Portrait Unveiling
Barbara Mikulski says she developed 'affinity' for cigar smoke

House Appropriations Chairman Harold Rogers poses for pictures at the unveiling of his official portrait. (Niels Lesniewski/CQ Roll Call)

House Appropriations Chairman Harold Rogers has to get the government funded before surrendering his gavel at the end of the Congress, but Thursday night was for reminiscing.

No shortage of former members, from House Minority Leader Robert H. Michel of Illinois to Appropriations Chairman David R. Obey to more recently retired colleagues filled the Appropriations panel's hearing room with friends, family and staff for the Rogers portrait unveiling Thursday evening.

Dem Senate Women — From 1 to 14, Plus a Presidential Nominee
Mikulski seeks to "pass the torch" to a new generation

Sen. Debbie Stabenow, Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski and Sen. Patty Murray speak on stage for the U.S. Senate Women presentation at the Democratic National Convention. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

PHILADELPHIA — When Barbara A. Mikulski was elected 30 years ago, she was the only woman Democrat in the Senate.  

On Thursday night, she joined 11 of the other 13 female Senate Democrats on the stage to help introduce the first woman presidential nominee.  

Trivia Tuesday
Your weekly dose of trivia

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Which senators are the only ones to have competed against each other in a Senate election yet still get elected within that same year in the same state?    

A) Maryland: Paul S. Sarbanes and Barbara A. Mikulski  

Senate Votes to Go to Conference on Zika Spending
Democrats brand public health response the fight of the month

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Tom Frieden watches as National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci speaks during a February House Foreign Affairs hearing on the Zika outbreak. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

The Senate agreed by voice vote Wednesday night to join the House in formal negotiations over a Zika virus response package, the latest incremental step toward clearing a bill for President Barack Obama's signature.  

The vote comes four months after Obama requested $1.9 billion in emergency spending in February to combat the mosquito-borne disease. Informal discussions between House and Senate leaders and appropriators have been ongoing for weeks, but it remains unclear how the chambers will bridge major differences in their Zika legislation.  

Victorious Van Hollen Talks Unity
Crowd goes wild for Mikulski shoutout

Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., speaks during a victory party at the Bethesda Marriott after winning the Democratic Maryland Senate primary. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

BETHESDA, Md. — The loudest applause at Rep. Chris Van Hollen's Senate primary victory party actually wasn't for the local congressman, or even for taking the Senate majority back.  

It was when Van Hollen praised the woman he's seeking to succeed, Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski.  

MIA: The Black Men Who Ought to Have Shown Up for Donna Edwards
Even the president was seen as supporting Chris Van Hollen, who won on Tuesday

Rep. Donna Edwards, D-Md., after a Maryland Senate candidate forum with Rep. Chris Van Hollen earlier this month. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Before the fractious Maryland Democratic primary battle between Donna Edwards and Chris Van Hollen ended in defeat for Edwards on Tuesday night, it laid bare the depth of America’s problems with race and gender.

If Edwards had been a white male, the campaign would have been portrayed from the start as an interesting but lower-key race between two progressive members of Congress. But Edwards is a black woman, so identity politics were pushed front and center.

Library of Congress Nominee Impresses Senators
Carla Hayden would be first woman, African American to lead the library

Librarian of Congress nominee Carla D. Hayden speaks during a hearing before the Senate Rules and Administration Committee. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

The CVS across the street from one of Baltimore's library branches was on fire, as the city was consumed in riots after Freddie Gray's death last year.  

So Carla D. Hayden, director of the city's Enoch Pratt Free Library, packed a few days' worth of clothes and headed down to the branch.  

Mikulski 'Ready to Roar' in Final Months in Office
The longest serving woman in Congress vows to continue to serve.

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BETHESDA, Md. -- Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski is weighing what she'll do after she leaves the Senate, but she is sure of one thing: She's not going quietly.  

"I’m not writing a final chapter. I’m here ready to roar, ready to roll and ready to get the job done,” the Maryland Democrat said at a speech at the National Institutes of Health on Monday. Serving the public, she said, is in her DNA.