Barbara Mikulski, born July 20, 1936 (age 77), is a former United States Representative and current Democratic United States Senator from Maryland. In 1958 she received a degree from the University of Maryland School of Social Work. After graduating, she became a social worker in Baltimore and worked on the Baltimore City Council (1971-1976). Mikulski has held the position of Democratic Conference secretary since 1995.
Mikulski is one of the most liberal Senators in congress, voting with the Democratic Party with more than 99.1% of her votes. Despite introducing no significant legislation in her Senate years, she continues to get reelected.