Senate's Democratic leading ladies

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FILE - In this April 4, 2012, file photo, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., speaks at a field hearing of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, which she chairs, in Tacoma, Wash. During the hearing Murray sharply questioned military and Veterans' Affairs officials over concerns that cost has been a factor in reversing diagnoses of soldiers found to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.  Murray said Wednesday, April 25, 2012, during a hearing in Washington that VA care providers are delaying follow-up appointments with mental health patients because their schedules are too full. She complained the department has been slow to tackle the problem. “VA is failing to meet its own mandates for timeliness, and instead is finding ways to make the data look like they're complying,” said Murray. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

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A record number of 12 Democratic women are currently in the Senate. Sen. Barbara Mikulski, who led the podium program highlighting Democratic women candidates for Senate in 2012 at the Democratic National Convention, is the longest-serving woman in the history of Congress. Here's a look at the other leading ladies.

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