Barbara Boxer

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Barbara Boxer
U.S. Senior Senator, California
Party Democratic
Assumed office (class 3)

January 5, 1993
Serving with Dianne Feinstein

Preceded by Alan Cranston
Born November 11, 1940
Spouse Stewart Boxer
Religion Jewish

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Barbara Boxer, a Junior Senator from California, was elected to the Senate in 1993. Her opponent in 2004 was Republican Bill Jones; Boxer was re-elected to the Senate with 6.4 million votes, beating her opponent by over 20 percentage points. She was the third highest vote-getter in the country in the 2004 elections, after President George Bush and Senator John Kerry.



Barbara Boxer is one of the Senators from California; the other is Democrat Dianne Feinstein. Upon their elections in 1992, California became the only state in the nation represented by two Jewish American women Senators.

As Senator, Boxer has been the leading figure in the Senate in the debate over a woman's right to choose (see abortion). Additionally, she has made human rights, the environment and military reform her signature issues.

Objection to certification of 2004 U.S. Presidential Election electoral votes

On January 6, 2005, Boxer joined Representative Stephanie Tubbs Jones of Ohio in filing a Congressional objection to the certification of Ohio's Electoral College votes in the 2004 presidential election.[1] She called the objection her "opening shot to be able to focus the light of truth on these terrible problems in the electoral system".[2], [3], [4] The Senate voted the objection down 1-74; the House vote the objection down 31-267.[5] It was only the second Congressional objection to an entire State's electoral delegation in U.S. history; the first instance was in 1877. [6], [7]

As a gesture of appreciation and support for her stance on the alleged Presidential election irregularities and Condoleezza Rice's confirmation hearings, Stacy Davies of California began, via e-mail, the "Barbara Boxer Rose Campaign", wherein people collaborated to buy Senator Boxer roses. The campaign drew an impressive response, and 4,500 roses were sent en masse to Senator Boxer's office on Valentine's Day, 2005.


  • 1940 Born
  • 1962 Graduates from Brooklyn College and marries Stewart Boxer
  • 1976 Elected to the Marin County Bourd of Supervisors and becomes its first woman President
  • 1982 Elected to the US House of Representatives (San Francisco Bay Area)
  • 1993 Becomes a member of the Senate


  • Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works - chair
    • Public Sector Solutions to Global Warming, Oversight, and Children’s Health Protection (Chairman)
  • Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation
    • Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security
    • Consumer Affairs, Insurance, and Automotive Safety
    • Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard|Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard
    • Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety, and Security
  • Senate Committee on Foreign Relations
    • East Asian and Pacific Affairs (Chairman)
    • International Development and Foreign Assistance, Economic Affairs, and International Environmental Protection
    • Near Eastern and South and Central Asian Affairs

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