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Barbara Boxer's Biography

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Full Name:

Barbara Boxer




Husband: Stewart; 2 Children: Doug, Nicole

Birth Date:


Birth Place:

Brooklyn, NY

Home City:

Greenbrae, CA



BA, Economics, Brooklyn College, 1962

Senator, United States Senate, 1993-present

Former Chief Deputy Majority Whip, United States Senate

Representative, United States House of Representatives, 1983-1992

Delegate, California State Democratic Convention, 1983

Member/Chair, Marin County Board of Supervisors, 1977-1983

Founder, Defense Task Force on Mental Health, present

Member, Democratic Policy Committee, Committee on Oversight and Investigations, present

Founder, Senate Military Family Caucus, present

Former Ranking Member, Environment and Public Works Committee, United States Senate

Former Member, Foreign Relations Committee, United States Senate

Former Vice Chair, Select Committee on Ethics, United States Senate

Former Member, Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety, United States Senate

Former Member, Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy, United States Senate

Former Member, Subcommittee on Fisheries, Water, and Wildlife, United States Senate

Former Member, Subcommittee on Multilateral International Development, Multilateral Institutions, and International Economic, Energy, and Environmental Policy, United States Senate

Former Member, Subcommittee on State Department and USAID Management, International Operations, and Bilateral International Development, United States Senate

Former Member, Subcommittee on Superfund, Waste Management, and Regulatory Oversight, United States Senate

Former Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure, United States Senate

Former Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights, and Global Women's Issues, United States Senate

Congressional Aide, 1974-1976

Associate Editor, Pacific Sun Newspaper, 1972-1974

Journalist, Pacific Sun Newspaper, 1972-1974

Stockbroker, Wall Street Securities Firm, 1962-1965

Economic Researcher, Wall Street Securities Firm, 1962-1965

Member, Delta Phi Epsilon, present

Founder, Political Action Committee for a Change, present

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NAPH Safety Net Award, National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems, 2010

Recognition, National Association of Community Health Centers, 2010

Certificate of Appreciation, Ducks Unlimited, 2010

Friend of the National Parks Award, National Parks Conservation Association, 2011

Honorary Fellow, American Society of Civil Engineers, 2015

Women's Health Lifetime Service Award, American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, 2015

Recognition, National Association of County Behavioral Health & Developmental Disability Directors, 2015

Legislator of the Year Award, ALLIANCE for Regenerative Medicine, 2014

Recognition, Associated Professionals and Contractors of CA Inc., 2012

Recognition, America's Great Outdoors Congressional Champion, 2012

Certificate of Recognition, Treasure Island Job Corps, 2012

Legislative Leader Award, The Humane Society, 2011

Nightingale Award, Nurse Alliance, 2011

Champion for the National Parent Helpline Award, Parents Anonymous, 2011

In Appreciation, Nanosys, 2010

2010 Golden Triangle Award, National Farmers Union, 2010

Sustaining the Delta - Supporting Our Economy, Antioch Recycled Water Distribution System, 2010

Recognition, Parent Voices, 2010

Climate Leaders Award, Sisters on the Planet, 2010

In Appreciation, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, 2010

President's Leadership Award, American Burn Association, 2010

Doctor of Law Degree, Honoris Causa, The Trustees of Dominican University of California, 2004

Certificate of Appreciation Award, Merritt College in Oakland, 2003

Ambassador of Peace, Violence Prevention Coalition of Orange County, 2000

Phillip Burton Wilderness Award, California Wilderness Coalition (CWC), 2003

Julian C. Dixon Award, Mobility 21, 2004

Certificate of Appreciation, Head Start Child Development Council, Inc. of Stockton, 2003

Recognition, College of Marin, 2002

Children's Champion Award, California Head Start Association, 2003

Honoring Senator Boxer, P.A.T.H. Regional Homeless Center Southern CA, 2004

Recognition, Black Business Association & Speakers Etcetera, 2003

National Park Heritage Award, The National Parks Conservation Association, 2015

Recognition, National Asphalt Pavement Association, 2013

In Appreciation, The City of West Hollywood, 2013

Phil Burton Badge of Courage Award, The Sierra Club -- San Francisco Bay Chapter, 2010

Legislative Leader Award, The Humane Society of the United States, 2010

Avant-Garde Leadership Award, City of Compton CBC Reception, 2010

Friend of the National Parks, National Parks Conservation Association, 2005

Recognition, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), 2010

Defender of Children Award, First Focus Campaign for Children, 2010

Recognition, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), 2009

National Transportation Leadership Award for the 21st Century, 2009

Legislator of the Year Award, Air Quality Management District, 2009

Recognition, Oxfam America, 2009

Children's Champion Award, Global Action for Children, 2009

Humane Champion, The Humane Society of the United States, 2008

Recognition, Church World Service, 2009

Aviation Safety Award, National Air Traffic Controllers Association, 2009

Recognition, 10 Tanker Air Carrier, 2009

One Voice Award, Fresno Council of Governments, 2008

Outstanding Leadership Award, Housing Authority of the County of Santa Clara, 2008

John H. Chafee Congressional Environmental Award, Association of American Railroads, 2008

Distinguished Community Health Superhero Award, National Association of Community Healthy Centers, 2008

\Polio Eradication Champion Award, Rotary International Congressional Reception, 2008

California League of Cities Award, California League of Cities, 2007

Margaret Floy Washburn Award, Division of Women's Issues of the New York State Psychological Association, 2006

Recognition, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., 2006

Impossible Dream Award, Planned Parenthood Action Council, 2005

One Voice Recognition Award, Council of Fresno County Governments, 2005

Guardian in Washington Award, Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life in Southern California, 2005

Leadership Award, National Foundation for Women Legislators, 2005

Certificate of Merit: Making a Difference, Perris Valley African American History Month Committee, 2005

American Water Works Association- California Nevada Section, 2004

Certification, NETWORK, National Catholic Social Justice Lobby, 2004

Key to the City, City of Ridgecrest, 2004

Mt. Tamalpais Humanitarian Award, Marin Cancer Project, 2004

Cherished Volunteer Award, Legal Aid of Marin, 2004

The Great Seal of the Great State of California, Secretary of State Kevin Shelly, 2003

Public Service Award, The Bay Area Union Labor Party, 2003

In Appreciation, Placer County Board of Supervisors, 2003

Recognition, Planned Parenthood Action Fund of Santa Barbara, Ventura and San Luis Obispo Counties, 2001

Recognition, American Humane Association, 2000

Recognition, Chinese American Association of Solano County, 2001

Commendation, Marin County Board of Supervisors, 2001

Recognition, Asian Business Association, 2007

Key to the City, City of San Bernardino, 1999

In Appreciation, The Member Organizations of Friends of South Bay Wildlife, 1999

Dorothy Donahoe Women of the Year Award, State Senator Jim Costa, 1999

CEDAW Human Rights Award, SF Commission on the Status of Women, 2007

In Appreciation, Suisun City Police Department, 1999

Recognition, United Way of San Diego County, 1999

Recognition, Chinese American Organizations, 1992

Future Progressive Champion Award, Campaign for America's Future and Institute for America's Future, 2007

Paul E. Tsongas Award, Lymphoma Research Foundation of America, 2000

Honor Award, Oncology Nursing Society, 2004

In Appreciation, City of Thousand Oaks, 1996

In Appreciation, City of South Lake Tahoe, 1996

Alumnae of the Year Award, Brooklyn College, 1999

Vision Award, Highwood Girlsite, 1999

Dragon Boat Race Elected Official Division, Lotus Festival, 1999

Public Service Award, The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, 2008

Legislative Leader Award, The Humane Society, 2014

IMLS National Medal of Service Award, Discovery Science Center, 2013

Patch 1900 of 2500 from the Falcon 9 / Dragon's successful visit to the International Space Station, SpaceX, 2012

Fearless Trailblazer Award, Feminist Majority, 2012

2010 Safety Leadership Award, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, 2010

Distinguished Community Health Defender Award, National Association of Community Health Centers, Inc., 2009

AABC Public Advocate Award, American Association of Birth Centers, 2009

Legislator of the Year Award, California Primary Care Association, 2009

Legislator of the Year Award, American Planning Association, 2008

Vera Shultz Visionary Leadership Award, Marin Women's Commission, 2009

In Appreciation, National Assembly on School-Based Health Care, 2009

Legislative Leadership Award for WRDA, National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA), 2008

Breakfast of Champions, Afterschool Alliance, 2008

Pathway Award, New Directions, 2008

Certificate of Appreciation, East Bay, 2008

Bold Award, Girls Inc. of Alameda County, 2007

Recognition Award (lights on afterschool), Assistance for All, 2007

Recognition Award, Native American Heritage Association, 2007

Recognition, Clean Water America, 2007

Dr. Jane Evans Pursuit of Justice Award, Women of Reform Judaism, 2007

Recognition, Passenger-Cargo Security Group, 2007

Recognition, Santa Rosa Fire Department, 2007

National Champion for Families Award, Parents Anonymous, 2007

Recognition, Parent Institute of Quality Education, 2007

Woman of the Year, Women's Image Network, 2006

Honorary, Seeds of Peace, 2005

In Appreciation, County of Fresno, 2004

Humboldt Housing Hero Award, County of Humboldt, 2004

Global Leader Award, City of Watsonville City Council, 2004

Recognition, Marin Services for Women, 2004

In Appreciation, California Head Start Association, 2004

National End Family Violence Achievement Award, Family Violence Law Center, 2003

Recognition, Human Rights Campaign, 2003

Recognition, League of Conservation Voters, 2003

Recognition, Yosemite National Park, 2002

In Appreciation, Sacramento Foster Grandparent Program, 2001

Honorary Certificate of Achievement, The Eastside Cybrary Connection (Riverside Public Library), 1999

In Appreciation, Israel Cancer Research Fund, 1999

Distinguished Leadership Award, NAACP-Albuquerque Branch, 1999

Recognition, State of California, OES, 1999

The Top 25 Women on the Web,, sfwow, third age and ZDNet, 1999

Spirit of Achievement, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York Women's Chapter, 2000

Enduring Spirit Award, Amnesty International, 2000

Recognition, Central California Air Quality Coalition, 2000

Recognition, Economic Alliance for Business, 2000

In Appreciation, Human Rights International, 2000

Every Action Counts Congressional Award, Hadassah, 1999

Campership Certificate, Boy Scouts of America, 2014

Legislative Leader Award, The Humane Society of the United States, 2013

SIA's Legislator of the Year, Security Industry Association, 2013

Truck Safety Leadership Award, Truck Safety Coalition, 2013

Distinguished Community Health Defender Award, National Association of Community Health Centers, Inc., 2012

YMCA Congressional Champion, The YMCA, 2012

Congressional Champion Award, The Corps Network, 2012

Public Service Award, American College of Nurse-Midwives, 2010

ELI Service Award, Entertainment Leadership Initiative / Grammy Foundation, 2010

In Appreciation, Council of Fresno County Governments (Fresno County of Governments One Voice), 2010

Legislator of the Year Award, Information and Technology Industry Council, 2008

Organization Award, Asbestos Disease Awareness, 2009

Public Service Award, Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends, and Foundations, 2009

25th Annual Leadership Conference Award, Cyprus and Hellenic Leadership, 2009

Honorary Membership, City of Fairfield Theta Pi Iota Afterschool Sorority and Fraternity, 2009

Lifetime Achievement, City Year San Jose/ Silicon Valley, 2008

Legislative Leadership Award for WRDA, ACWA, 2007

Champion Award for Public Service, Endangered Species Coalition, 2007

Visionary Leadership Award, San Francisco Democratic Party, 2006

Doctor of Laws Degree, Honoris Causa, The Trustees of Mills College in the State of California, 2006

Recognition, Alameda County Office of AIDS Administration, 2006

Gulf Guardian Award, Parishes Against Coastal Erosion, 2006

Champion for Children Award, California Children's Hospital, 2006

Community Action Hero Award, No Drugs America Association, 2006

Recognition, Environment California Public Interest Champion, 2005

Immigrant Representative Excellence Award, The Los Angeles County Bar Association, Immigration Section, 2005

HIV Policy Leadership Award, Project Inform, 2005

Recognition, Chabot Observatory and Science Center, 2005

Outstanding Service, The West Valley Democratic Club, 2005

Friend of the National Parks, The National Parks and Conservation Association, 2004

Certification, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 2004

Recognition, Planned Parenthood, 2004

Recognition, Korean Bar Association of Southern California, 2004

In Appreciation, U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Area, 2004

Leadership Award, Inland Empire Economic Partnership, 2003

Legislator of the Month Award, The Population Institute, 2003

20th Anniversary Leadership Award, Raoul Wallenberg Jewish Democratic Club, 2003

Resolution, Fresno City Council, 2003

In Appreciation, State of California Senator, Liz Figueroa, 2003

Recognition, Council of Chief State School Officers, 2002

In Appreciation, Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, 2000

Certificate of Appreciation, Alameda County Economic Development Advisory Board, 1999

Regional Elected Official of the Year Award, Sacramento Area Council of Governments, 1999

Certificate of Appreciation, United Way of San Diego, 2000

Recognition, Earthjustice, 2009

In Appreciation, Jewish Family Service of Palm Springs and Desert Area, 1998

In Appreciation, San Francisco Zoo, 1997

In Solidarity, Mission Cultural Center 15th Anniversary, 1992

In Acknowledgment, Clear Lake Basin 2000 Partnership Dividend, 2000

Policy Leadership Award, Family Violence Prevention Fund, 2000

Certificate of Honor, Network: A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby, 2000

In Appreciation, Los Angeles County Drainage Alliance, 2000

In Appreciation and Recognition, Hayward Area Shoreline Planning Agency, 2009

Certificate of Appreciation, Women's Resource Center, University of California Riverside, 2000

Congressional Leadership Award, The Society of Gynecologist Oncologists, 1999

Congressional Leadership Award, City of San Bernardino Society of Gynecological Oncologists, 1999

Public Servant Award, National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, 1999

Transportation Leader's Award, National Stone, Sand, and Gravel Association, 2008

Demetric Bouhoutsos Award, The Hellenic-American Council of Southern California, 1998

Champion of Affordability, The Housing Trust of Santa Clara, 2005

Elected Official of the Year, Stonewall Democratic Club, 1997

Recognition, Women against Gun Violence, 1997

Recognition and In Appreciation, UC Riverside Extension and Soroptimist International of Riverside, 1997

Jewish Health Care Foundation, Bikur Cholim of California, 1996

Sigma Xi Environment Achievement Award, Rockefeller University, 1996

Salutes, Councilwoman Dezie Wood-Jones, 1995

For Extraordinary Contributions, United Nations Environment Programme and ECO EXPO, 1995

Recognition, Baldwin Park, 1995

Recognition, City of San Diego, 1995

Lifetime Consumer Hero, The Consumer Federation of America, 1997

Recognition, San Gabriel Basin Water Quality District, 1995

Recognition, Women in Business, 1995

Recognition, Armenian Assembly of Americans, 1996

Recognition, California Department of Transportation, 1996

Edgar Wayburn Award, Sierra Club, 1997

Friend to Inyo County, Inyo County Board of Supervisors, 1996

Recognition, Sierra Sands Unified School District, 1994

Key to the City, City of Stockton, 1994

Stop FASB Award, American Electronics Association, 1994

Ocean Hero Award, Center for Marine Conservation, 1996

Legislator of the Year Award, Southern California Public Health Association, 1996

Human Rights for Vietnam Award, Vietnamese Community of Southern California, 1994

Certificate of Appreciation, Veterans of Foreign Wars, 2015

In Appreciation, The City of Desert Hot Springs, 1998

Recognition, The Trust of Public Land and the San Joaquin River Parkway & 1998 Conservation Trust, 1998

Recognition, Embattled Fathers Group in Solano County, 1997

Recognition, Manuel E. Dominguez High School, 1997

Recognition, Sacramento Urban League, 1998

Recognition, USMC - San Diego Recruiting Depot, 1994

For Quality and Service, California Council, 1994

Outstanding Service, Korea Institute of Human Rights, 1993

With appreciation, Marin Islands National Wildlife Refuge and State Ecological Reserve, 1992

In Appreciation, Michael J. Yamaguchi-U.S. Attorney, 1993

In Appreciation, Base Closure Defense Committee (BCDC) Alameda Naval Complex, 1993

Recognition, Planned Parenthood of El Monte, 1997

Recognition, Chabot Observatory and Science Center, 1998

Recognition, Merced-Mariposa Central Labor Council, 1998

President's Award, National Association of Women Lawyers, 1998

In Appreciation, Otay Mesa Chamber of Commerce, 1998

Certificate of Achievement, Golden Years Senior Apartments Inc. and Tarzana Lodge #2886 B'nai B'rith, 1997

Democratic Award, Tulare County Democratic Central Committee, 1998

Recognition, The City of Pomona, 1997

American Institue of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 2004

The Humane Legislator Award, American Humane Association, 2002

Peter H. Behr Award, Friends of the River, 2000

Public Champion, Public Interest Research Group (PIRG), 2003

Champion of Afterschool programs, Afterschool Alliance, 2004

In Appreciation, Inland Empire Economic Partnership, 2002

Top Tech Legislator, Microsoft TechNet, 2003

Circle of Courage Award, Afghan Women Association International (AWAI) and the Women's 2003 Intercultural Network (WIN), 2003

Leadership Award, California Tuberculosis Controllers Association, 2003

Anything about global warming I can find.

In Appreciation, The Phelan Pinon Hills Community Services District, 2015

Celebrating Women Who Move the Nation Award, The Conference of Minority Transportation Officials, 2015

Recognition, The City of Industry and The City of Diamond Bar, 2015

Access to Care Leadership Award, Council of Community Clinics, 2014

Champion in Congress for Army Women, Army Women's Foundation, 2014

Prize for Civility in Public Life, Allegheny College, 2014

Distinguished Community Health Advocate Award, National Association of Community Health Centers, 2013

Congressional Champion Award, The Corps Network, 2013

Certificate of Recognition, Orange County Fire Authority, 2012

In Appreciation, Contra Costa Water District, 2011

In Appreciation, East Bay Municipal Utility District, 2011

Recognition, American Water Works Association, California-Nevada Section, 2011

ALL RISE Leadership Award, National Association of Drug Court Professionals, 2011

Public Interest Champion, CAL PIRG, 2003

Certificate of Appreciation, Desert Sierra Partnership, 2003

Certificate of Honor, San Francisco City and County Board of Supervisors, 2003

Friend of the National Parks, National Parks Conservation Association, 2001

Michael Longergan Memorial Award, Long Beach Lambda Democratic Club, 2001

Legislator of the Year, CARAL, 2001

In Appreciation, Orange County Council of Governments, 2003

U.S. Census Bureau Partnership Award, United States Bureau of Commerce, 2000

Honorary Membership Award, California Democratic Veterans Caucus, 2000

Sweetheart of a Deal, Jr. League of Fresno, 2004

Recognition, The Brady Center, 2003

Margaret Sanger Award, Planned Parenthood of Shasta-Diablo, 2003

Groundwater Advocate Award, San Gabriel Basin Water Quality Authority, 2002

Joint Award, The Afghan Women's Association and the California Women's Agenda, 2003

Champion of Choice Award, Planned Parenthood of Golden Gate, 2003

Recognition, California State Assembly, 2001

Public Interest Champion, Environment California, 2005

Women's History Month Outstanding Service, State Assemblymember Sarah Reyes, 2001

Star Award, Women's Campaign Fund, 2003

Courage Award, Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles (WLALA), 2003

In Appreciation, California Association of Letter Carriers, AFL-CIO, 2000

President's Award, California State Conference of the NAACP, 2001

Recognition, Global Aids Alliance, 2002

In Appreciation, Physicians for Social Responsibility, 2002

Favorite Musician:

Michael McDonald, Sting

Favorite Quote:

There's no such thing as a free lunch.

Favorite TV Shows:

Countdown with Keith Olbermann

Names of Grandchildren:

Zachary, Zain, Sawyer, Reyna

Number of Grandchildren:

4 Grandchildren

Priority Issues:


Health Care




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