Senate committee on Health, Education, Labor, & Pension
'Determined to make a difference in her community, Mikulski became a social worker in Baltimore, helping at-risk children and educating seniors about the Medicare program. Social work evolved into community activism when Mikulski successfully organized communities against a plan to build a 16-lane highway through Baltimore's Fells Point neighborhood. She helped stop the road, saving Fells Point and Baltimore's Inner Harbor, both thriving residential and commercial communities today.'
She started with a seat in the Baltimore city council in 1971 and she ran for senator in 1974, but she was only successful in 1976, she has won every election since then and continues to be a senator for Maryland.