Sen. Barb Mikulski
Sen. Barb Mikulski

Before she retires from the U.S. Senate, Barbara Mikulski is set to get the highest honor a civilian can receive.

Mikulski will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom in a ceremony at the White House next week. She will join a few people who may have heard of in receiving the honor, like Steven Spielberg, Barbara Streisand, James Taylor, Willie Mays, Itzhak Perlman and Stephen Sondheim.

Mikulski, who is the longest-serving woman in Congress, is being honored for her commitment to women’s issue in fair pay and health. As always, we trust the Pantsuit Rebellion will also be referenced. A White House citation also notes her efforts to save the Hubble Space Telescope. And, as always, we hope theThe Highlandtown native who began her career as a Baltimore community activist is set to retire from the Senate when her term is up at the end of 2016.

“I am honored and humbled to be recognized by President Obama with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. To the people of Maryland, I thank you. Time and again you have honored me with your confidence and trust,” she said in a statement.

Stephen Babcock is the editor of Baltimore and an editor-at-large of Baltimore Fishbowl.