Mikulski, a role model for generations of women in politics, to retire in 2016

(Steve Ruark / AP)

Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), a longtime — and maybe “prickly” — lawmaker, will leave a legacy as a dogged fighter for her constituents.

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“The Keith Olbermann of Congresses.“

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Barbara Mikulski made it okay for women to wear pants in the Senate

The Dean of the Senate women is set retire.

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