Imagine Magazine - Johns Hopkins - March/April 2016 - (Page 6)

in my own words Values into Action Senator Barbara Mikulski The longest-serving woman in the history of the U.S. Congress, Barbara Mikulski began her political career when she was elected in 1971 to the Baltimore City Council, where she served for five years. In 1976 she was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, and then in 1986 to the U.S. Senate, where in 2012 she became the first woman to chair the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee. She currently serves as vice chair of that committee as well as a senior member of both the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee. Mikulski also holds the unofficial post of Dean of Senate Women, a role in which she mentors new women senators and forms coalitions among women senators of both parties. As Mikulski explains here, her career is rooted in a commitment to serving others, a value she learned as a child growing up in a close-knit Baltimore neighborhood. Born to serve I became a social worker because of the values I learned from my family, like listening to people and seeing how you could be of help. When I was growing up, my mother and father had a little neighborhood grocery store. Every day, my father would open up the doors saying, "Good morning, can I help you?" That's the way I was raised. And it's those values of neighbor helping neighbor that I take with me to the Senate each day. Following my strengths Growing up, I wanted to be a scientist. My parents took me to see a movie about Madame Marie Curie, the first woman to win the Nobel Prize. I quickly learned, though, that science was not my calling. Although I went with my strengths and became a social worker, I haven't lost my love for science. And now as a U.S. Senator, I sit on the committee that funds our great science agencies like the National Institutes of Health. 6 imagine Birth of a community organizer I wanted to make a difference in the lives of people. I was working as a social worker in Baltimore, helping at-risk children, when I learned that some powerful people were going to run a 16-lane highway through older ethnic neighborhoods. They were going to take people's homes and not even give them money to find another. We organized a group of all the different ethnic groups. I worked with SCAR-the Southeast Council Against the Road. I stood in the path of the expressway and said, "The British couldn't take Fells Point, the termites couldn't take Fells Point, and, by God, the State Roads Commission can't take Fells Point!" And you know what? We won.   Opening doors The road fight sparked an interest in working for communities from the inside. We won by knocking on doors. But when I knocked on the doors of City Hall, they didn't listen. I learned I would rather be opening doors for others from the inside than knocking on doors from the outside. It was a turning point for me. It wasn't about the highway, it was about saving neighborhoods. I ran for City Council and took on the political bosses and beat them. This led the way to the House of Representatives and then the U.S. Senate.   Local politics My goal has always been to serve the day-to-day needs of Marylanders and the long-range needs of the nation. I have never forgotten my roots and have always made my home in Baltimore. I've put my values into action. Patriotism. Hard work. Neighbor helping neighbor. Those are the values I learned growing up. I carry them with me every day. Throughout my career, I've gone home each night to the city of Baltimore. From city activist to United States Senator, I've always believed that all politics and policy is local. I am proud to be the Senator from Maryland and the Senator for Maryland.   Points of pride I have a strong belief in constituent service and staying close to the people. I've focused on supporting jobs and opportunity for families and communities. I fought to pass the Spousal Anti-Impoverishment Act, so the cruel rules of government didn't force people into Mar/Apr 2016

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Imagine Magazine - Johns Hopkins - March/April 2016

Big Picture
In My Own Words Senator Barbara Mikulski
Run, Ride, Sell! Funding causes that matter
Start Something! Initiatives by kids, for kids
Changing Lives, One School at a Time Making a difference for students in need
Empowered to Make a Difference The Civic Leadership Institute at CTY and CTD
Sharing the Gifts of Music The Forget-Me-Not Family Ensemble
Service, Leadership, Entrepreneurship . . . Launch! Learning the art of the startup at MIT Launch
Sharing the Rewards Building a shadowing program for my peers
Discovering the Leader Within Exploring leadership and social justice at Brown
Gap Year A time to refresh, serve, and grow
Research at the Edge of the World An Antarctic photo essay
Selected Opportunities and Resources
Off the Shelf Review of Anthony Doerr’s All the Light We Cannot See
Word Wise
Exploring Career Options Interview with entrepreneur Henry Albrecht, CEO, Limeade
One Step Ahead My college startup
Planning Ahead for College Skills and knowledge for college success
Students Review: Lehigh University
Mark Your Calendar
Knossos Games

Imagine Magazine - Johns Hopkins - March/April 2016