Barbara Boxer

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Barbara Boxer currently serves as the Jr. Senator for California

Barbara Levy Boxer, a Democrat, has represented California in the U.S. Senate since 1992.

Record and controversies

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Iraq War

Boxer voted against the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq in Oct. 2002.

For more information see the chart of U.S. Senate votes on the Iraq War.

FY2004 Defense Appropriations

In 2003, during the debate over the FY2004 Defense Appropriation, Boxer proposed an amendment (S.AMDT.1271) requiring the Defense Secretary to submit a report to Congress every thirty days detailing the costs of military action, the number of troops deployed in the region, and any contributions received from foreign governments. Supporters argued that the Bush administration was using deceitful tactics to circumvent Congress's right to appropriate funds for the war. Republican opposition was unanimous, and Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) effectively motioned to table (kill) the amendment.

Main article: Congressional actions on the Iraq War following the 2003 U.S. invasion

SEE ALSO: Barbara Boxer's Legislative Record

Confirmation of Michael Mukasey

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Environmental record

For more information on environmental legislation, see the Energy and Environment Policy Portal

On Apr. 2, 2008, Sen. Boxer held hearings as chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on the Bush administration's missing of one-year legal deadline to determine whether Polar Bears threatened by global warming should be listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act. The decision process was controversial with congressional Republicans because it was based in part on projections of the decline in Arctic sea ice rather than entirely on population trends. Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne declined to attend the hearing, citing the ongoing decision process and his naming in a lawsuit by environmental groups filed against the government for missing the deadline. [1]

Global Warming Pollution Reduction Act

On January 15, 2007, Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) introduced the Global Warming Pollution Reduction Act of 2007. It was referred to the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.[2] The measure was intended to increase performance standards for electricity generation and motor vehicles with the option of an emissions "cap and trade" system.

Main article: U.S. congressional action on climate change#Global Warming Pollution Reduction Act of 2007 (S.309)

Energy policy

The litigation and investigations by the Project on Government Oversight and Congress (POGO) prompted the Department of Interior’s Minerals Management Service (MMS) in 1998 to issue new rules for oil royalty collections which would end future underpayments. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) prevented the new rule from being implemented year after year by putting spending riders on to annual appropriations bills. Sen. Boxer led a group of senators who favored the new rule by mounting a filibuster. The rule was finally implemented in March 2000 after the opposing sides reached a compromise.

Main article: U.S. federal oil and gas royalties

House Banking Scandal

The PBS onlineNewshour summarizes the House Banking Scandal, also known as Rubbergate: "In 1992, many House members were suspected of bouncing checks from accounts they held at the so-called "House Bank" -- a loose operation that allowed member of Congress to cash their checks but kept shoddy records and often were quite delayed in recording deposits or withdrawals. Although the lawmakers had broken no laws and many did not even know they were bouncing checks, several took advantage of the bank system and many voters viewed the scandal as a blatant abuse of power. Of the 296 sitting representatives and 59 former members who had overdrafted their personal accounts in the preceding 39 months, the House Ethics Committee released a list of the 24 worst abusers."[1]

Boxer was among the top 24 involved in the House bank scandal. On March 1, 1992 the Sacramento Bee quoted Boxer as admitting she didn't pay enough attention to her House bank account. More specifically, that meant 143 bad checks totaling $41,417 over a three-year period that she had written on the House bank.


Barbara Levy was born November 11, 1940 in Brooklyn, New York. She attended public schools and graduated from Brooklyn College in 1962 with a degree in Economics.

During the 1970s Boxer worked as a journalist for the Pacific Sun, and as a congressional aide for John Burton . In 1976 Boxer was elected to the Marin County Board of Supervisors, serving for six years. [2]

Boxer was elected to the U. S. House of Representatives in 1982, where she represented California District 6 (Marin County) for ten years. "In that time she exposed overcharges by Pentagon contractors, one charged $7,600 for a coffee pot. She introduced legislation for more competitive bidding from contractors, fought for military reforms and to protect whistle blowers in government. She exposed mismanagement in the waste program, fought for airline cabin safety and was an advocate for domestic priorities in the areas of health, biomedical research and education."[3]

Boxer won an open seat contest for the U.S. Senate in 1992 and was re-elected in 1998. She had decided to retire in 2004, but says she decided to say and "fight for the right to dissent" against conservatives like Tom DeLay. Boxer decisively defeated Republican candidate Bill Jones, a former California Secretary of , by a margin of 20% [4].

Boxer is known as a champion of human rights, environmental protection, military procurement reform and a woman's right of reproductive choice. She was also involved in demanding protection for whistleblowers in government, and pushed for higher budget allocations for health, biomedical research, and education.

See Barbara Boxer's Legislative Record for more information.

2008 elections

This information was gathered by volunteer researchers as part of the Superdelegate Transparency Project on the superdelegates for the 2008 Democratic presidential primary. For more info see the California superdelegate tracker or visit the STP homepage.

Before Hillary Clinton conceded the race, Barbara Boxer, as a superdelegate, had endorsed her for President.

For more information and sources, see the state page for this superdelegate linked to in the blue box above.

Money in politics

This section contains links to – and feeds from – money in politics databases. <crpcontribdata>cid=N00006692&cycle=2006</crpcontribdata>

Links to more campaign contribution information for Barbara Boxer
from the Center for Responsive Politics' site.
Fundraising profile: 2006 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by organization/corporation: 2006 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by industry: 2006 election cycle Career totals

Committees and Affiliations


Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

Committee assignments in the 110th Congress (2007-2008)

January 2007, Sen. Tim Johnson, (D-S.D.) was named Chair of the Senate Select Committee on Ethics, however, due to his absence Sen. Barbara Boxer, (D-Calif.) was named Interim Chair until his return. (Monterey Herald Story)


Party Leadership

More Background Data

Wikipedia also has an article on Barbara Boxer. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.


DC Office:
112 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510-0505
Phone: 202-224-3553
Web Email

District Office - Fresno:
1130 O Street, Suite 2450
Fresno, CA 93721
Phone: 559-497-5109
Fax: 559-497-5111

District Office - Los Angeles:
312 North Spring Street, Suite 1748
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Phone: 213-894-5000
Fax: 213-894-5042

District Office - Sacramento:
501 I Street, Suite 7-600
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: 916-448-2787
Fax: 916-448-2563

District Office - San Bernardino:
201 North E Street, Suite 210
San Bernardino, CA 92401
Phone: 909-888-8525
Fax: 909-888-8613

District Office - San Diego:
600 B Street, Suite 2240
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: 619-239-3884
Fax: 619-239-5719

District Office - San Francisco:
1700 Montgomery Street, Suite 240
San Francisco, CA 94111
Phone: 415-403-0100
Fax: 415-956-6701


Articles and resources

See also


  1. Juliet Eilperin, "Inaction on Polar Bear Criticized," Washington Post, Apr. 3, 2008.
  2. OpenCongress: S.309


Local blogs and discussion sites

Major speeches and statements

External articles

Corresponding article on Wikipedia and Cause Caller. (If Cause Caller link does not work, pick from its list of senators and representatives.)

Current Office: U.S. Senate
111th Congress
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110th Congress
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Chief Deputy Whip
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Congressional Career
First Elected to Current Office:
November 3, 1992
First Took Current Office:
5 January 1993
Next Election:
November 2, 2010
Term Ends:
Freshman Member?
Previous Political Work?
US House of Representatives, 1982-92,Marin County Board of Supervisors, 1976-82,Marin County Board of Supervisors, 1976-82 (President),
Other Party Membership:
District Offices:
1. 1130 O Street, Suite 2450, Fresno, CA 93721
Phone: 559-497-5109 / Fax: 559-497-5111
2. 312 North Spring Street, Suite 1748, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Phone: 213-894-5000 / Fax: 213-894-5042
3. 501 I Street, Suite 7-600, Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: 916-448-2787 / Fax: 916-448-2563
4. 201 North E Street, Suite 210, San Bernardino, CA 92401
Phone: 909-888-8525 / Fax: 909-888-8613
5. 600 B Street, Suite 2240, San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: 619-239-3884 / Fax: 619-239-5719
6. 1700 Montgomery Street, Suite 240, San Francisco, CA 94111
Phone: 415-403-0100 / Fax: 415-956-6701

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Date of Birth: November 11, 1940