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In this Jan. 4, 2011, file photo, Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Maryland, poses for a portrait at her office, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Rob Carr, File)
In this Jan. 4, 2011, file photo, Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Maryland, poses for a portrait at her office, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Rob Carr, File)

C. Fraser Smith: Mikulski always stood tall

Announcing her retirement at the end of her current term in 2016, Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski will leave with her historic stature in place.