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Tributes to Senator Barbara Mikulski

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. PRYOR. Mr. President. I come to the floor today to celebrate the service of Senator Barbara Mikulski, one of the most tenacious and effective senators to serve in the U.S. Senate. This month, following 41 years of public service, Senator Mikulski has reached a new milestone in serving in the U.S. Congress longer than any woman in history. But as she has said, ``It's not how long you serve, but how well you serve.'' Both the State of Maryland and the entire Nation have benefited from Senator Mikulski's stamina as well her energy, intellect, and compassion. Today, we can see the difference she has made in our schools, health care, paychecks, and workplaces.

Senator Mikulski follows in the footsteps of the legendary Hattie Caraway of Arkansas. As the wife of Thaddeus Caraway, a former Congressman and U.S. Senator for Arkansas, Hattie assumed her husband's place in the Senate following his death in 1931. She once said, ``The time has passed when a woman should be placed in a position and kept there only while someone else is being groomed for the job.'' A year later, she ran for reelection, becoming the first woman elected to a 6-year term. She surpassed several milestones, including serving as the first female Senator to preside over the Senate and the first woman to serve as the chairwoman of a committee.

It would take 74 more years until a woman senator chaired a subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee. Senator Mikulski, now at the reins of the Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, and Science, has shown great leadership and vision as chairwoman and it has been a privilege to work with her. While we share many interests, we have worked most closely to advance the growth of science parks, strengthen law enforcement, and ensure U.S. companies can compete in the 21st century. I look forward to a continued partnership, congratulate Senator Mikulski on this historic achievement, and express my deep appreciation for all that she has done.


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