Democratic senator from Maryland who took office in 1987 after ten years in the House of Representatives. She is the longest serving woman in Congressional history and she became the Chairman of the important Senate Committee on Appropriations in 2012.
She worked as a social worker Baltimore's Department of Social Services.
At 4'11 she is the shortest person to ever serve in Congress.
She has two sisters and has never been married.
She supported Hilary Rodham Clinton during her candidacy for president.