Barbara Boxer

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U.S. Senator

Barbara Boxer

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D-CA

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Positions
Leadership: No leadership position
Committees: Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, Senate Select Committee on Ethics
(subcommittees and past assignments)

Candidates for the CA-Senate Class III Seat:
(Next election: 2 November 2010)

Confirmed: None so far
Considering: None so far
Rumored: None so far
Potential: None so far
Dropped-out: None so far
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On the Web
Official website

Barbara Levy Boxer, a Democrat, has represented California in the U.S. Senate since 1992.

Contents

Record and controversies

Congressional scorecards

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Organization 2007 Scorecard
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2008 Scorecard
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American Civil Liberties Union not avail. not avail.
American Conservative Union 4 - 1/25 not avail.
AFSCME 100 - 6/7 not avail.
Americans for Democratic Action 80 - 16/20 95 - 19/20
Club for Growth not avail. not avail.
Drum Major Institute not avail. not avail.
Family Research Council 0 - 0/9 0 - 0/9
Information Technology Industry Council 80 - 4/5 80 - 4/5
League of Conservation Voters not avail. 100 - 11/11
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People not avail. not avail.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce 33 - 3/11 not avail.


Iraq War

Boxer voted against the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq in Oct. 2002.

For more information see the chart of U.S. Senate votes on the Iraq War.

FY2004 Defense Appropriations

In 2003, during the debate over the FY2004 Defense Appropriation, Boxer proposed an amendment (S.AMDT.1271) requiring the Defense Secretary to submit a report to Congress every thirty days detailing the costs of military action, the number of troops deployed in the region, and any contributions received from foreign governments. Supporters argued that the Bush administration was using deceitful tactics to circumvent Congress's right to appropriate funds for the war. Republican opposition was unanimous, and Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) effectively motioned to table (kill) the amendment.

Main article: Congressional actions on the Iraq War following the 2003 U.S. invasion

SEE ALSO: Barbara Boxer's Legislative Record

Confirmation of Michael Mukasey

Voted no

Environmental record

For more information on environmental legislation, see the Energy and Environment Policy Portal

On Apr. 2, 2008, Sen. Boxer held hearings as chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on the Bush administration's missing of one-year legal deadline to determine whether Polar Bears threatened by global warming should be listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act. The decision process was controversial with congressional Republicans because it was based in part on projections of the decline in Arctic sea ice rather than entirely on population trends. Interior Secretary Dick Kempthorne declined to attend the hearing, citing the ongoing decision process and his naming in a lawsuit by environmental groups filed against the government for missing the deadline. [1]

Global Warming Pollution Reduction Act

On January 15, 2007, Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) introduced the Global Warming Pollution Reduction Act of 2007. It was referred to the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.[2] The measure was intended to increase performance standards for electricity generation and motor vehicles with the option of an emissions "cap and trade" system.

Main article: U.S. congressional action on climate change#Global Warming Pollution Reduction Act of 2007 (S.309)

Energy policy

The litigation and investigations by the Project on Government Oversight and Congress (POGO) prompted the Department of Interior’s Minerals Management Service (MMS) in 1998 to issue new rules for oil royalty collections which would end future underpayments. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) prevented the new rule from being implemented year after year by putting spending riders on to annual appropriations bills. Sen. Boxer led a group of senators who favored the new rule by mounting a filibuster. The rule was finally implemented in March 2000 after the opposing sides reached a compromise.

Main article: U.S. federal oil and gas royalties

House Banking Scandal

The PBS onlineNewshour summarizes the House Banking Scandal, also known as Rubbergate: "In 1992, many House members were suspected of bouncing checks from accounts they held at the so-called "House Bank" -- a loose operation that allowed member of Congress to cash their checks but kept shoddy records and often were quite delayed in recording deposits or withdrawals. Although the lawmakers had broken no laws and many did not even know they were bouncing checks, several took advantage of the bank system and many voters viewed the scandal as a blatant abuse of power. Of the 296 sitting representatives and 59 former members who had overdrafted their personal accounts in the preceding 39 months, the House Ethics Committee released a list of the 24 worst abusers."[1]

Boxer was among the top 24 involved in the House bank scandal. On March 1, 1992 the Sacramento Bee quoted Boxer as admitting she didn't pay enough attention to her House bank account. More specifically, that meant 143 bad checks totaling $41,417 over a three-year period that she had written on the House bank.

Biography

Barbara Levy was born November 11, 1940 in Brooklyn, New York. She attended public schools and graduated from Brooklyn College in 1962 with a degree in Economics.

During the 1970s Boxer worked as a journalist for the Pacific Sun, and as a congressional aide for John Burton . In 1976 Boxer was elected to the Marin County Board of Supervisors, serving for six years. [2]

Boxer was elected to the U. S. House of Representatives in 1982, where she represented California District 6 (Marin County) for ten years. "In that time she exposed overcharges by Pentagon contractors, one charged $7,600 for a coffee pot. She introduced legislation for more competitive bidding from contractors, fought for military reforms and to protect whistle blowers in government. She exposed mismanagement in the waste program, fought for airline cabin safety and was an advocate for domestic priorities in the areas of health, biomedical research and education."[3]

Boxer won an open seat contest for the U.S. Senate in 1992 and was re-elected in 1998. She had decided to retire in 2004, but says she decided to say and "fight for the right to dissent" against conservatives like Tom DeLay. Boxer decisively defeated Republican candidate Bill Jones, a former California Secretary of , by a margin of 20% [4].

Boxer is known as a champion of human rights, environmental protection, military procurement reform and a woman's right of reproductive choice. She was also involved in demanding protection for whistleblowers in government, and pushed for higher budget allocations for health, biomedical research, and education.

See Barbara Boxer's Legislative Record for more information.

2008 elections

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This information was gathered by volunteer researchers as part of the Superdelegate Transparency Project on the superdelegates for the 2008 Democratic presidential primary. For more info see the California superdelegate tracker or visit the STP homepage.

Before Hillary Clinton conceded the race, Barbara Boxer, as a superdelegate, had endorsed her for President.


Money in politics

This section contains links to – and feeds from – money in politics databases. For specific controversies, see this article's record and controversies section.

Campaign contribution data could not be found.

Links to more campaign contribution information for Barbara Boxer
from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org site.
Fundraising profile: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by organization/corporation: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by industry: 2008 election cycle Career totals

Committees and Affiliations

Committees

Committees in the 110th Congress (2007-2008)

Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

Committee assignments in the 110th Congress (2007-2008)

January 2007, Sen. Tim Johnson, (D-S.D.) was named Chair of the Senate Select Committee on Ethics, however, due to his absence Sen. Barbara Boxer, (D-Calif.) was named Interim Chair until his return. (Monterey Herald Story)

Affiliations

Party Leadership

More Background Data

Wikipedia also has an article on Barbara Boxer. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.

Contact

DC office
  • 112 Hart Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510
    Ph: 202-224-3553 Fax: 202-224-0454
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District offices
  • 1130 O Street, Suite 2450, Fresno, CA 93721
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  • 312 North Spring Street, Suite 1748, Los Angeles, CA 90012
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  • 501 I Street, Suite 7-600, Sacramento, CA 95814
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  • 201 North E Street, Suite 210, San Bernardino, CA 92401
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  • 600 B Street, Suite 2240, San Diego, CA 92101
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  • 1700 Montgomery Street, Suite 240, San Francisco, CA 94111
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On the Web
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Articles and resources

See also

References

  1. Juliet Eilperin, "Inaction on Polar Bear Criticized," Washington Post, Apr. 3, 2008.
  2. OpenCongress: S.309

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