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Sen. Barbara Mikulski

Former Senator for Maryland

Mikulski, a Democrat, was a senator from Maryland from 1987 to 2016.

She was previously the representative for Maryland’s 3rd congressional district (1977-1986).

Photo of Sen. Barbara Mikulski [D-MD, 1987-2016]

Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2016 Report Card for Mikulski.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Mikulski is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 2016 positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Mikulski sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Mikulski was the primary sponsor of 19 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if about one third or more of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Mikulski sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Health (26%) Economics and Public Finance (16%) International Affairs (13%) Labor and Employment (13%) Arts, Culture, Religion (8%) Taxation (8%) Social Welfare (8%) Government Operations and Politics (8%)

Recent Bills

Some of Mikulski’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Mikulski’s Vote Vote Description
Yea H.R. 5325: Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2017
Sep 28, 2016. Bill Passed 72/26.
Yea H.J.Res. 124 (113th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015
Sep 18, 2014. Joint Resolution Passed 78/22.
Nay On the Nomination PN1643: Cheryl A. LaFleur, of Massachusetts, to be a Member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for the term expiring June 30, 2019
Jul 15, 2014. Nomination Confirmed 90/7.
Nay H.R. 3630 (112th): Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012
Feb 17, 2012. Conference Report Agreed to 60/36.
Yea H.R. 4853 (111th): Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010
Dec 15, 2010. Motion Agreed to 81/19.
The Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 (Pub.L. 111–312, H.R. 4853, 124 Stat. 3296, enacted December 17, 2010), also known as the 2010 Tax Relief Act, was passed by the United States Congress on December 16, 2010, and signed into ...
Yea H.R. 6304 (110th): FISA Amendments Act of 2008
Jul 9, 2008. Bill Passed 69/28.
The FISA Amendments Act of 2008 (also called the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 Amendments Act of 2008, H.R. 6304, enacted 2008-07-10) is an Act of Congress that amended the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. It has been used as the legal basis for mass ...
Yea H.R. 2642 (110th): Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2008
May 22, 2008. Motion Agreed to 70/26.
Yea On the Nomination PN177: Gen. George W. Casey, Jr., in the Army, to be General
Feb 8, 2007. Nomination Confirmed 83/14.

Missed Votes

From Jan 1987 to Dec 2016, Mikulski missed 352 of 9,865 roll call votes, which is 3.6%. This is worse than the median of 1.8% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Dec 2016. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: