Barbara Boxer

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Barbara Boxer
U.S. Senator from California
From: January 3, 1993 – January 3, 2017
Predecessor Alan Cranston
Successor Kamala Harris
U.S. Representative from California's 6th Congressional District
From: January 3, 1983 – January 3, 1993
Predecessor Phillip Burton
Successor Lynn Woolsey
Party Democrat
Spouse(s) Stewart Boxer
Religion Judaism

Barbara Levy Boxer, born November 11, 1940 (age 83), a San Francisco-liberal gun grabbing Democrat, former U.S. Senator, and registered agent of the People's Republic of China under the Foreign Agents Registration Act.[1] Boxer announced her retirement from the U.S. Senate from California when her term expired in 2017. Boxer is generally considered to be more liberal than the average Democrat, particularly on abortion and gun control.[2] She has served as Chair of the Senate's Environment and Public Works Committee and Chief Deputy Whip in Majority. In June, 2009 she let it be known for the record that she does not wish to be referred to as "Ma'am".[3]

Early life

Boxer (née Barbara Levy) was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. She received a bachelor's degree in economics from Brooklyn College in 1962. Levy married Stewart Boxer later in 1962, and for the next three years worked as a stockbroker. The Boxers later moved to Greenbrae, California, where Barbara worked as a congressional aide and journalist.

Political career

Boxer's political career began in 1976 with her election to the Marin County Board of Supervisors. In 1982 she was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from California's District 6. She served in the House until 1992, winning four re-election campaigns. During her time in the House Boxer was a member of the House Armed Services Committee. She was involved in seeking to provide protection for government whistleblowers, and in working to increase federal budgets for medical research and health care. When Alan Cranston retired from the Senate in 1992, Boxer was elected to the vacant seat. She was re-elected to the Senate seat in 1998 and 2004. She supports abortion and gay rights and has voted in favor of both in Congress.[1]


In January 2007, Senator Boxer was the subject of controversy after criticizing U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice for not having children. "Who pays the price?" Boxer asked Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.[4] "I'm not going to pay a personal price. My kids are too old and my grandchild is too young. You're not going to pay a personal price, as I understand it, with an immediate family." The New York Post and White House Press Secretary Tony Snow considered this an attack on Rice's status as a single, childless female and referred to Boxer's comments as "a great leap backward for feminism."

On August 5, 2019, Boxer responded to a shoulder fracture Mitch McConnell suffered by tweeting an insult against him.[5]


Boxer was involved in the House banking scandal, in which a number of Representatives bounced checks written on their accounts in the House Bank.[6] Boxer wrote 143 overdraft checks[7] over a period of three years that totaled $41,417.[Citation Needed]

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