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Daniel J Burke

Mikulski's political genius

Mikulski's political genius

I was at an event featuring the women who had been recently elected to the United States Senate in 1992, bringing the number of female Senators to a grand total of seven. The group was standing on a stage posing for pictures when I heard a voice call out that could not be mistaken for anyone but Barbara Mikulski. "Come on up here Ray," she demanded with a beaming smile. After 20 years she still recognized an intern from her first years in the Baltimore City Council, and, as if I were some important political mover and shaker, she invited me on stage to pose for a photo with the women of the Senate.

But then everyone is an important person to Barbara, and therein lies the...