Sen. Mikulski sets historic night in motion at DNC

Posted at 11:38 PM, Jul 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-27 06:37:16-04
As Hillary Clinton made history Tuesday evening, two prominent women from Maryland were in Philadelphia playing a key role in the process.
At the Democratic National Convention, Maryland chipped in 84 delegates for Democratic nominee Clinton, while 36 went to Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Kicking off the whole process was a woman known in Maryland for making history.
"I proudly place Hillary Clinton's name in nomination to be the next president," said U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski as she spoke, nominating Clinton to become the official party nominee.
And with that nomination, so began the process of counting the delegates, a roll call overseen by Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.
For Mikulski, the moment bookends a four decade career in Congress, where she's spent more time than any woman in history.
Since joining the Senate in 1986, she's fought for equal pay for women, women's healthcare, and co-sponsored the groundbreaking Violence Against Women Act.
"I broke a barrier when I became the first Democratic woman elected to the Senate in her own right, and first woman to chair the powerful Senate Committee on Appropriations. So, it is with a full heart that I am here today as we nominate Hillary Clinton to be the first woman president," Mikulski said.

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The significance of the moment was not lost on Maryland politicos.
Del. Jill Carter, D-Baltimore CIty, said Mikulski has done a lot to show her, and other women, that throwing a hat into the political ring is not solely a game for men. So as Mikulski steps off the stage of her career, Carter says it only makes sense Mikulski would be the one pushing another woman through the glass-ceiling.
"She's a Maryland first, and so it's only fitting that she would be at the forefront of this historic nomination," Carter said. "Barbara Mikulski represents, for all of us, that you can be female, you can be a woman, and you can be authority and you can be power."
The Democratic convention continues Wednesday.

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