Johns Hopkins University President Ronald J. Daniels released a statement today about the career of Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski, who announced this morning that this, her fifth term as a U.S. senator, would be her last.
Mikulski, 78, is a native of Baltimore's Highlandtown neighborhood and the longest-serving woman in the history of Congress, having been elected to the House of Representatives in 1976 before winning a Senate seat in 1987. She would have been up for re-election in 2016.
Daniels praised Mikulski's "unshakable belief in the importance of supporting education, discovery, and innovation."
His complete statement:
"For more than four decades, Barbara Mikulski has worked with charisma, pragmatism, and relentless resolve on causes that range from quality education to the future of the national space program," Daniels said. "This city, this state, and this country have all benefitted from her hard work and practical approach to complicated policy issues.
"Today, Maryland research institutions stand at the vanguard of their fields, in no small part because of Sen. Mikulski's unshakable belief in the importance of supporting education, discovery, and innovation. The results of this critical support will continue to unfold in extraordinary ways for years after she leaves office.
"In a career that broke longstanding barriers, Sen. Mikulski never lost touch with her Baltimore roots or the people and institutions she represented in Congress. This state is lucky to have her as a forceful advocate on so many critical issues."