E.J. Pipkin

Baltimore Sun's 2017 Business and Civic Hall of Fame honoree: Barbara Mikulski

Baltimore Sun's 2017 Business and Civic Hall of Fame honoree: Barbara Mikulski

Everybody in Maryland knows Barbara Mikulski, Baltimore's warrior for the working class. Her rise from Highlandtown social worker and community activist to political glass ceiling buster as a five-term U.S. senator (setting the record as longest-serving woman in the Senate as well as the first woman to be elected to both the House and Senate) is widely recognized. But how many know how a big a heart lies within that 4-foot, 11-inch brassy dynamo who turns 81 in July?

When Sen. Ben Cardin was first elected to Congress, he was able to take its measure. Mr. Cardin, a devout Jew, had long made it a practice of leaving his Friday nights open to attend Shabbat dinner with his family. When...

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