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Maryland’s Barbara Mikulski Becomes Longest Serving Woman In Congress

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File photo of Barbara Mikulski. (credit: Leigh Vogel/Getty Images)

File photo of Barbara Mikulski. (credit: Leigh Vogel/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — One by one, Republicans and Democrats stood on the Senate floor to recognize Sen. Barbara Mikulski, now the longest serving female member of Congress.

The count is 12,892 days in Congress.

After losing a Senate race in 1974, Mikulski rebounded two win a seat in the House in 1976 and has been victorious in every election since. In 1986 she was elected to the Senate.

Mikulski moved into the history books this past weekend, surpassing Edith Nourse Rogers, a Massachusetts Republican who was the longest-serving member of the House.

Senators delivered a series of speeches Wednesday hailing the 75-year-old Mikulski’s tenacity and feistiness. Listening in the chamber were Mikulski’s family, former Sen. Paul Sarbanes and Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley.

Mikulski acknowledged the praise with a mix of humor, self-deprecation and appreciation for those who helped her. She received a standing ovation at the end of her speech.

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