At a Glance
- Career History:
U.S. Senate (since 1992); U.S. House (1982 to 1992); Marin County
Board of Supervisers (1970 to 1983)
Nov. 11, 1940
Brooklyn, New York
- Alma Mater:
Brooklyn College, 1962
Senate Environment and Public Works
- DC Office:
112 Hart Senate Office Building; 202-224-3553
- State Offices:
San Francisco, 415-403-0100; Los Angeles, 213-894-5000; Sacramento,
916-448-2787; San Diego, 619-239-3884; Fresno, 559-497-5109; San
- Web site
Path to Power
Boxer grew up in New York City.
She won her first election at Brooklyn College - for co-captain of
the cheerleading squad. She also got her first taste of community
organizing, working with fellow apartment tenants to convince the
landlord to upgrade the building's lobby.
Boxer describes herself as anti-war, anti-big business, pro-women
and a pro-environmental rights crusader. She is frequently pegged as
one of the more liberal Democrats in the Senate, voting with her
party more than 95 percent of the time in the 110th Congress.
Boxer was a fierce defender of Bill Clinton during his 1998
impeachment trial and contested the certification of Ohio's
electoral votes during the 2004 presidential race, forcing the
chamber into a debate over voter fraud.
Boxer is close to several California delegation members,
particularly House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif). The pair used to
represent neighboring House districts. Boxer's daughter, Nicole,
married the brother of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.),
tightening an already close relationship.
Boxer works closely with the top staff members on the Senate
Environment and Public Works Committee. Alyson Cooke was charged
with bringing a diverse group of voices to the hearings on global
warming. Grant Cope helped lead the charge against the EPA 's ruling
that California and other states could not cap greenhouse gas
emissions. The California politician maintains close ties to
Hollywood. Barbara Streisand gave her a shout-out during a 2006 Los