It would be a shame if all four Baltimore County congressional incumbents gave up their seats to run for the Senate. Having so many congressmen gives the county far greater ability to leverage funds from Washington.
The loss of Mikulski will hurt the county, too, as well as the rest of Maryland.
The diminutive senator has been an effective voice for her home state.
A former social worker from Highlandtown where her father ran a bakery, Mikulski rose to chair the Senate Appropriations Committee. This guaranteed that she could divert funds to worthy projects in Maryland.
But now Senate Democrats are in the minority and Mikulski has less power. That plus her age — 79 — may have convinced her to end her career after nearly 50 years of public service.