Shelley Berkley

Mikulski touts role of women in Congress

Mikulski touts role of women in Congress

Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, the self-styled dean of the Democratic women in Congress, urged support of female candidates in an address to her party's national convention Wednesday that came as both presidential campaigns sought to court women voters.

As the longest-serving woman in Congress, Mikulski has emerged as a high-profile cheerleader and fundraiser for her party's female candidates. She has stepped into that role at an important time — as health care, abortion and equal pay have risen to the top of the nation's political discourse.

"We work on macro issues and we work on the macaroni and cheese issues," Mikulski, flanked by female Senate incumbents, said from...