WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says retiring Sen. Barbara Mikulski is an institution in the Senate whose leadership is inspiration for millions of women around the world.
The Maryland Democrat is the longest serving woman in the history of Congress. She announced Monday she plans to retire rather than seek a sixth term next year.
Obama says Mikulski has been a legendary senator and that her legacy will span generations.
He's praising her work on the Senate Appropriations Committee to ensure the nation's budgets reflect its values. Obama says Mikulski used her "booming voice" to advocate for pay equity, health care, women's rights and education. He says her efforts helped ensure more people were treated fairly under the law.
Mikulski was first elected to Congress in 1976.