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Barbara Boxer

Barbara Boxer

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Senator Barbara Boxer is a Co-Chair in Mercury’s Los Angeles office. She has been a forceful advocate for families, children, consumers, the environment and her home state of California during her 24 years in the Senate, ten years in the House and six years on the Marin County Board of Supervisors.

Former Chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and Senior Member of the Foreign Relations Committee

Wrote landmark legislation establishing the first-ever federal funding for afterschool programs

Secured more than one million acres of wilderness to protect California’s natural heritage

Drafted bipartisan legislation to accelerate America’s contribution to combat global HIV/AIDs and tuberculosis

Led the floor passage of the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act and a forceful proponent of women’s health and a woman’s right to privacy

Married to Stewart Boxer with two children and four grandchildren

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Senator Barbara Boxer is a Co-Chair in Mercury’s Los Angeles office. She has been a forceful advocate for families, children, consumers, the environment and her home state of California during her 24 years in the Senate, ten years in the House and six years on the Marin County Board of Supervisors.

Her service in the Senate included chairing the Environment and Public Works Committee, where she focused on the environment and infrastructure, and senior membership on the Foreign Relations Committee, where she worked for global women’s issues and for the successful use of soft power diplomacy. She also served as the top Democrat on the Senate Ethics Committee.

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

A national leader on environmental protection, Senator Boxer secured more than one million acres of wilderness to protect California’s natural heritage. She has won numerous awards for her efforts to create a cleaner, healthier environment and for her dedicated work to address the threat of climate change. Senator Boxer fought to remove arsenic from drinking water and authored a successful amendment ensuring that drinking water standards protect children. She has 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.

In response to the September 11th terrorist 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.

Senator Boxer also worked to fund anti-gang programs during her Senate tenure, passing the Violence Against Women Law (VAWA) and the 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 strong proponent 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 has 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 also wrote bipartisan legislation to accelerate America’s contribution to combat global HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis.

Senator Boxer has 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.

An author of several books, her latest one “The Art of Tough,” Senator Boxer’s message is that every single one of us should be empowered to make life better for our communities through positive change in debate and government.

Senator Boxer has been married to her husband, Stewart Boxer, since 1962. They are blessed with two children and four grandchildren.