This article is part of a series by the LA Elections 2010 Examiner that profiles candidates running for the top governing spots in California’s November 2, 2010 general election. This article profiles the Democrat from California, Senator Barbara Boxer, who is running for re-election to the U.S. Senate.
U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer was born in 1940 in Brooklyn, New York. She received a B.A. in Economics from Brooklyn College and worked as a stockbroker before beginning her long and distinguished career in public service and politics.
Barbara Boxer is a liberal feminist who is not afraid to speak up for what she believes is right. She began her impressive political career when she served on the Marin County Board of Supervisors from 1977-1983, and was the first woman to serve as the Board’s Chair.
From 1983-1993 Barbara Boxer represented the Bay Area in the U.S. House of Representatives. Among numerous accomplishments in the House, she authored the Violence Against Women Act.
In a groundbreaking election in 1992, California voters elected both Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein to the U.S. Senate. Senators Boxer and Feinstein became the first two women senators to represent the same state in the Senate.
California voters have continued to elect Senator Barbara Boxer to the U.S. Senate with a resounding majority. Most recently, in 2004, Senator Barbara Boxer was elected to her third term in the U.S. Senate. Currently, she is Chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and the Senate Ethics Committee. She serves on the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee and is a member of numerous subcommittees.
Senator Barbara Boxer has an impressive list of accomplishments that lend support to her claim that she is the best person to face the economic crisis and help people get back to work. Senator Barbara Boxer supported the 2009 economic stimulus plan, and has fought to keep jobs, investments, and profits in the U.S. instead of overseas. She authored legislation that helps homeowners avoid foreclosure and requires strict rules for banks. She also helped pass provisions to keep film and television production in California.
Senator Barbara Boxer has accomplished much throughout her career to support health care reform. She would like all Americans to be protected by the same plan that is available to members of Congress. She has authored legislation to protect patients from HMO abuses as well as legislation to provide tax breaks for costly medical insurance premiums. She has also sponsored legislation to expand medical research to cure diseases.
Senator Barbara Boxer is a strong advocate for children and families. She has authored legislation to fund after school programs that serve over a million children, supports tax deductions to pay for education, and encourages businesses to support their local schools. Furthermore, she has fought to require oil companies to repay $80 million to California schools.
Senator Barbara Boxer has authored legislation to improve security in air and rail travel and at our nation’s ports. She has fought to continue funding to produce C-17 aircraft in Long Beach and to put more police officers on the streets in local communities.
Furthermore, Senator Barbara Boxer’s record shows her to be a strong supporter of U.S. service members and veterans. She worked to establish a care center in San Diego to treat wounded members of the service, and has secured funds to help members of the military who suffer from burn trauma. She advocates for improved mental health services for members of the Armed Forces and continued educational benefits for veterans.
Senator Barbara Boxer is the recipient of an impressive list of awards. She recently received the Legislator of the Year Award from the Air Quality Management District, the American Planning Association, and the California Primary Care Association. For a complete list of awards click here.
For more information about Senator Barbara Boxer’s campaign, click here to go directly to her campaign website. Click here to go to her official Senate website.
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