WASHINGTON — Sen. Barbara A. Mikulskiwill have a speaking role at the Democratic National Convention, aides said Wednesday.
The Maryland Democrat, who this year became the longest-serving woman in congressional history, will lead a program highlighting the record 12 women running this year for Senate.
"In this historic election, with more Democratic women running for Senate at one time than ever before, we have a tremendous opportunity to elect women and hold the Senate for Democrats," Mikulski said in a statement.
"Women do make a difference," she said. "We make a difference when we vote and when we lead."
Mikulski has spoken at the convention many times, most recently in Denver four years ago.
In Charlotte next month, she is to be joined onstage by fellow Democratic Sens. Barbara Boxer of California, Maria Cantwell of Washington, Dianne Feinstein of California, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Kay Hagan of North Carolina, Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, Patty Murray of Washington, Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire and Debbie Stabenow of Michigan.
Mikulski has served more than 35 years in Congress. The Baltimore native spent 10 years in the House before she was elected to the Senate in 1986.
She joins Gov. Martin O'Malley, a former aide, whose speaking role was announced earlier this week. The convention begins Sept. 3.