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Coverage: Senator Barbara Mikulski's retirement

Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski announced March 2, 2015, that she will not seek re-election in 2016 after more than four decades in elected office. This created a rare open seat that set off a political free-for-all.

  • Van Hollen, Edwards head toward 2016 primary

    Van Hollen, Edwards head toward 2016 primary

    Rep. Chris Van Hollen secured the endorsement of several Montgomery County officials in his campaign for Senate on Monday and dismissed a pair of national liberal groups that are calling for Rep. Donna F. Edwards to enter the race. Van Hollen, the only candidate so far to declare he is running...

  • Van Hollen tells supporters he will run for Senate

    Van Hollen tells supporters he will run for Senate

    Hoping to clear a potentially crowded field of Democratic primary opponents, Rep. Chris Van Hollen on Wednesday became the first candidate to announce a run for the U.S. Senate seat to be vacated next year by retiring Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski. Van Hollen, 56, the top-ranking Democrat on the House...

  • Mikulski leaves the Senate a changed place for women

    Mikulski leaves the Senate a changed place for women

    When Barbara A. Mikulski first stepped onto the Senate floor in 1987, she saw only one other female senator. They were required to wear skirts and were prohibited from using the male-only gym. But as the retiring Maryland Democrat prepares to relinquish the title of "dean of the Senate women,"...

  • Mikulski at ease with decision, record in Senate

    Mikulski at ease with decision, record in Senate

    Like most everyone else in Maryland, Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski was all but certain that she would run for another term. At the end of last year, after helping settle a battle in Congress over funding the government, the popular Democrat began to think about hiring a campaign manager. In January,...

  • Mizeur weighing run for retiring Mikulski's Senate seat

    Mizeur weighing run for retiring Mikulski's Senate seat

    Former Del. Heather R. Mizeur, who gained statewide recognition in Democratic circles last year with a spirited campaign for governor, is considering a run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski. Joanna Belanger, Mizeur's former campaign manager, said the former lawmaker,...

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