About U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer

Throughout her days in the U.S. Senate, and still today, Barbara Boxer is a forceful advocate for families, children, consumers, and the environment.

In the Senate, Boxer chaired the Environment and Public Works Committee, focusing on environmental protection and infrastructure, and served as a senior member of the Foreign Relations Committee, where she worked for global women’s issues and for the successful use of the soft power of diplomacy. She also served as the top Democrat on the Senate Ethics Committee.

Senator Boxer won numerous awards for her efforts to create a cleaner, healthier environment and for her dedicated work to address the threats of climate change. She has fought to remove arsenic from drinking water and authored an amendment ensuring that drinking water standards protect children. She led efforts in Congress to protect California’s coast from offshore oil drilling, and fought to end the unethical use of human subjects in pesticide testing by federal agencies. Boxer worked to secure more than 1 million acres of wilderness to protect California’s natural heritage.

A champion of quality public education, Senator Boxer wrote landmark legislation establishing the first-ever federal funding for afterschool programs. Her law now covers more than one million children.

In response to the September 11th attacks, Senator Boxer wrote the law requiring that air marshals be on board high-risk flights and the law allowing airline pilots with special training to carry guns in the cockpit.

She worked to fund anti-gang programs and pass the Violence Against Women Law (VAWA) and Community Policy “COPS” Program. Her bill to prevent the criminal use of personal information obtained through motor vehicle records was signed into law and upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court.

A leading defender of a woman’s right to choose, Senator Boxer helped lead the floor fight for passage of the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act. In the Senate, she fought back against repeated attacks on women’s health and a woman’s right to privacy.

A strong proponent of life-saving medical research, Senator Boxer wrote bipartisan legislation to accelerate America’s contribution to combat global HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis.

Senator Boxer worked to revitalize the economy by supporting targeted tax cuts, a permanent Research and Development tax credit, accelerated depreciation of new business equipment, and tax credits for broadband investments focused on rural and underserved areas.

Boxer served 24 years in the U.S. Senate (leaving in January 2017), 10 years in the U.S. House of Representatives, and six years on the Marin County Board of Supervisors.

Since retiring from the Senate, Senator Boxer has been volunteering for the political action committee she founded, PAC for a Change, raising awareness about the importance of voting in every election, and helping candidates make life better for the people that they serve.

Represented by Creative Artists Agency (CAA) in Los Angeles, she also speaks across the country, analyzing issues and solutions facing America today.

An author of several books, Boxer’s message in her latest book, The Art of Tough, is the need for each of us to be unafraid to fight for positive change in our communities and in our nation.

Senator Barbara Boxer met her husband of over 55 years, Stewart Boxer, at Brooklyn College in New York. The couple moved to California in 1965 to raise their family, and still make their home there. They have been blessed by their two children, their spouses and four grandchildren.