Barbara Mikulski

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U.S. Senator

Barbara Mikulski

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D-MD

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Positions
Leadership: No leadership position
Committees: Senate Committee on Appropriations, Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
(subcommittees and past assignments)

Candidates for the MD-Senate Class III Seat:
(Next election: 2 November 2010)

Confirmed: None so far
Considering: None so far
Rumored: None so far
Potential: None so far
Dropped-out: None so far
(more info and editing for the MD-Senate Class III Seat)
On the Web
Official website


Barbara Ann Mikulski, a Democrat, has been a United States Senator representing Maryland since 1987. She is the most senior female U.S. Senator.

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Record and controversies

Congressional scorecards

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Organization 2007 Scorecard
Score - Agree ratio
2008 Scorecard
Score - Agree ratio
American Civil Liberties Union not avail. not avail.
American Conservative Union 0 - 0/25 not avail.
AFSCME 100 - 7/7 not avail.
Americans for Democratic Action 85 - 17/20 90 - 18/20
Club for Growth not avail. not avail.
Drum Major Institute not avail. not avail.
Family Research Council 0 - 0/9 0 - 0/9
Information Technology Industry Council 100 - 5/5 100 - 5/5
League of Conservation Voters not avail. 91 - 10/11
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People not avail. not avail.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce 55 - 6/11 not avail.


Iraq War

Mikulski voted against the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq in Oct. 2002.

For more information see the chart of U.S. Senate votes on the Iraq War.

Environmental record

For more information on environmental legislation, see the Energy and Environment Policy Portal

Immigration

Voting Record on Immigration
Title of Bill Date of Bill Bill Number Voted Description
Secure Fence Act September 14, 2006 HR 6061 Yes The United States will have constant surveillance on its borders by both land and sea through new technology such as ground sensors and vehicles continuously patrolling the area. There will be a fence stretching over 700 miles along the Southwest border as America tries to increase security presence. [1] </td>
English as the Common Language June 6, 2007 S.AMDT.1384 Yes Bill that will make English the common language of the United States. [2]
Barring Immigrants with Certain Criminal Histories June 6, 2007 S.AMDT.1333 Yes Amendment to bill S.1348. Increases penalties for illegal immigrants who have a criminal history especially with gangs and crimes against children. [3]
Border Fence and Customs Appropriations July 26, 2007 S.AMDT.2480 Yes The United States government will give 3 billion dollars to the Homeland Security department. The amendment highlights are that over 23,000 employees will be hired and trained with expertise in border control and this money will help build 700 mile long fence in the Secure Fence Act. [4]
Department of Homeland Security Appropriations July 26, 2007 HR 2638 Yes The Department of Homeland Security would receive 40 billion dollars for 2008 to spend. [5]
Immigration Enforcement and Border Fence Amendment March 13, 2008 S Amdt 4231 No Allows for the Budget Committee to increase spending for the Homeland Security Department. [6]

Sexual orientation

During the 1986 campaign, her opponent, Linda Chavez, made Mikulski's sexual orientation and her relationship with one of her staffers a central issue of the campaign. Mikulski never directly responded to the issue, and has made attempts to insinuate that she is heterosexual. [7].

Bio

Mikulski was born July 20, 1936 in Baltimore, Maryland. After graduating from Mount St. Agnes College (now a part of the Loyola College in Maryland), she obtained her Master's degree in social work from the University of Maryland, College Park. She worked as a social worker for Catholic charities and Baltimore's Department of Social Services, helping at-risk children and educating seniors about the Medicare program. Mikulkski became an activist social worker when she heard about plans to build a 16 lane highway through Baltimore's Fells Point neighborhood. She helped organize communities on both sides of the city and stopped the construction of the road, saving Fells Point (now one of Baltimore's most popular neighborhoods) and Baltimore's Inner Harbor.

Her activism led to a positive reputation and a seat on the Baltimore City Council in 1971. In 1974 she ran for the U.S. Senate for the first time, but was defeated by the Republican incumbent, Charles Mathias, Jr. In 1976, she ran for the House of Representatives representing the third district of Maryland, winning 76% of the vote.

Senate Career

In 1986 Mikulski announced her retirement from politics, but in the same year decided to run for the Senate seat vacated by retiring Senator Charles Mathias. Then Gov. Harry Hughes had been expected to run for the seat, but in the aftermath of the Maryland Savings and Loan crisis he lost his popularity with voters, opening the door for Mikulski's bid for the Senate. Mikulski eventually won the race with 61% of the vote.

Mikulski is the dean of Women in the United States Senate and previously served as the third-ranking Senate Democrat.

Senator Mikulski has taken a strong stance against predatory lending, even going so far as to take personal action against Fairbanks Capital, which is claimed to have illegally foreclosed on over 100 homes in Maryland.

Money in politics

This section contains links to – and feeds from – money in politics databases. For specific controversies, see this article's record and controversies section.

Top Contributors to during the 2008 Election Cycle
DonorAmount (US Dollars)
Harris Corp$ 76,550
Law Offices of Peter G Angelos$ 49,000
Johns Hopkins University$ 36,000
Van Scoyoc Assoc$ 31,912
Mantech International$ 23,600
AstraZeneca PLC$ 23,000
Sierra Nevada Corp$ 22,000
Boeing Co$ 21,825
Alston & Bird$ 19,200
Venable LLP$ 18,150
Source: The Center for Responsive Politics' www.OpenSecrets.org site.
Note: Contributions are not from the organizations themselves, but are rather from
the organization's PAC, employees or owners. Totals include subsidiaries and affiliates.
Top Contributors to during the 2008 Election Cycle
DonorAmount (US Dollars)
Harris Corp$ 76,550
Law Offices of Peter G Angelos$ 49,000
Johns Hopkins University$ 36,000
Van Scoyoc Assoc$ 31,912
Mantech International$ 23,600
AstraZeneca PLC$ 23,000
Sierra Nevada Corp$ 22,000
Boeing Co$ 21,825
Alston & Bird$ 19,200
Venable LLP$ 18,150
Source: The Center for Responsive Politics' www.OpenSecrets.org site.
Note: Contributions are not from the organizations themselves, but are rather from
the organization's PAC, employees or owners. Totals include subsidiaries and affiliates.
Links to more campaign contribution information for Barbara Mikulski
from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org site.
Fundraising profile: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by organization/corporation: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by industry: 2008 election cycle Career totals


Committees and Affiliations

Committees

Committees in the 110th Congress (2007-2008)

Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

More Background Data

Wikipedia also has an article on Barbara Mikulski. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.

Contact

DC office
  • 503 Hart Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510
    Ph: 202-224-4654 Fax: 202-224-8858
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District offices
  • 60 West Street, Suite 202, Annapolis, MD 21401-2448
    Ph: 410-263-1805, 410-269-1650 Fax: (none entered)
  • 1629 Thames Street, Baltimore, MD 21231
    Ph: 410-962-4510, 410-962-4512 Fax: (none entered)
  • 6404 Ivy Lane, Suite 406, Greenbelt, MD 20770-1407
    Ph: 301-345-5517 Fax: (none entered)
  • 32 West Washington Street, Room 203, Hagerstown, MD 21740-4804
    Ph: 301-797-2826 Fax: (none entered)
On the Web
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