House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi praised Maryland Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski for "opening wide the doors of opportunity for the next generation of women leaders" in a statement Friday to honor the senator's latest milestone: Mikulski will become the longest-serving female in Congress on Saturday.
Pelosi, a Baltimore native who attended the same high school as Mikulski -- the institute of Notre Dame -- credited with the Maryland Democrat with leading "the way for the many of us who came to public service after her."
Mikulski will reach 12,858 days of service in Congress on Saturday, surpassing the previous record set by Rep. Edith Nourse Rogers, a Massachusetts Republican. The feisty 75-year-old received considerable attention when she became the longest serving woman in the Senate in January 2011.
"Long may Senator Mikulski's record stand," Pelosi said.