Sen. Barbara Mikulski

Senator from Maryland, Democrat

Mikulski, a Democrat, has been a senator from Maryland since Jan 6, 1987 (next election in 2016).

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

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Our unique analysis of the bills Mikulski has sponsored and cosponsored provides insight into her position in the Senate.

Each dot in the chart below is a member of the Senate. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Mikulski is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

2015 Statistics

Read our 2015 Report Card for Mikulski for more statistics.

Committee Membership

Barbara Mikulski sits on the following committees:

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Mikulski sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Health (25%) Economics and Public Finance (18%) Labor and Employment (13%) International Affairs (13%) Social Welfare (10%) Immigration (8%) Arts, Culture, Religion (8%) Taxation (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.
Yea S. 2943: National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017
Jun 14, 2016. Bill Passed.
Yea H.R. 22: Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act
Dec 3, 2015. Conference Report Agreed to.
Yea H.R. 22: Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act
Jul 30, 2015. Bill Passed.

Missed Votes

From Jan 1987 to Sep 2016, Mikulski missed 352 of 9,853 roll call votes, which is 3.6%. This is worse than the median of 1.7% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving. 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: