Sen. Barbara Mikulski was honored Wednesday by Homeland Security and the Secret Service
Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson presented Mikulski with a special award for her service.
The senator summed up her almost four decade career herself.
"I just ain't dainty. If you want somebody dainty, go to a ballet school. If you want an appropriator that's ready to fight, you want to talk to Barbara Mikulski," she said.
Mikulski spent the last two decades on the Appropriations committee. She approached her duties on the committee like she did when she first got into public service.
"I feel as a United States senator that I'm still a social worker but, a social worker with power and I've tried to put that power to work for the people of our country," she said.
Johnson showed his gratitude to the Maryland native.
"She's always been their for us, she's always done what she's said she was going to do and she's done it with remarkable skill and care and compassion," he said.
Mikulski officially retires next year when a newly elected senator takes her place.