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}}{{tnr}}'''Barbara Boxer''' (b. November 11, 1940 in Brooklyn, New York) is a [[Democratic]] member of the [[U.S. Senate]] from the state of [[California]].  Boxer was first elected to the Senate in 1992.
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Boxer most recently won election in 2010. She defeated Carly Fiorina (R), Gail Lightfoot (L), Marsha Feinland (P&F), Duane Roberts (G), Edward Noonan (American Independent), and several write-in candidates in the general election.
  
 
Boxer began her political career by winning election to the [[U.S. House]] in 1982.  She served in that position until her election to the Senate in 1992.
 
Boxer began her political career by winning election to the [[U.S. House]] in 1982.  She served in that position until her election to the Senate in 1992.

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Barbara Boxer
Barbara Boxer.jpg
U.S. Senate, California
Incumbent
In office
1993-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 21
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorAlan Cranston (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 3, 1992
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Campaign $$45,989,839
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
United States House of Representatives
1983-1992
Education
Bachelor'sBrooklyn College, 1962
Personal
BirthdayNovember 11, 1940
Place of birthBrooklyn, NY
Net worth$3,263,504
ReligionJewish
Websites
Office website
Barbara Boxer (b. November 11, 1940 in Brooklyn, New York) is a Democratic member of the U.S. Senate from the state of California. Boxer was first elected to the Senate in 1992.

Boxer most recently won election in 2010. She defeated Carly Fiorina (R), Gail Lightfoot (L), Marsha Feinland (P&F), Duane Roberts (G), Edward Noonan (American Independent), and several write-in candidates in the general election.

Boxer began her political career by winning election to the U.S. House in 1982. She served in that position until her election to the Senate in 1992.

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Boxer is one of the most reliable Democratic votes, meaning she can be considered a safe vote for the Democratic Party in Congress.

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Boxer's academic, professional and political career:[1]

  • 1962: Graduated from Brooklyn College with B.A.
  • 1962-1965: Stockbroker
  • 1972-1974: Newspaper Editor
  • 1974-1976: Congressional Aide
  • 1976-1982: Board of Supervisors, Marin County
  • 1983-1993: U.S. Representative from California
  • 1993-Present: U.S. Senator from California

Committee assignments

U.S. Senate

2013-2014

Boxer serves on the following Senate committees[2]:

  • Environment and Public Works, Chair
  • Commerce, Science and Transportation
    • Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety, and Security
    • Subcommittee on Science and Space
    • Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Insurance
    • Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet
    • Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security
  • Foreign Relations
    • The Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Peace Corps and Global Narcotics Affairs
    • The Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South and Central Asian Affairs
    • The Subcommittee on International Operations and Organizations, Human Rights, Democracy and Global Women's Issues Chair
    • The Subcommittee on East Asian and Pacific Affairs
  • Ethics, Chair

2011-2012

  • Commerce, Science and Transportation
    • Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security
    • Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Insurance
    • Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard
    • Subcommittee on Science and Space
    • Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety, and Security
  • Environment and Public Works, Chair
  • Foreign Relations
    • Subcommittee on East Asian and Pacific Affairs
    • Subcommittee on International Operations and Organizations, Human Rights, Democracy, and Global Women's Issues, Chair
    • Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South and Central Asian Affairs
    • Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Peace Corps and Global Narcotics Affairs
  • Ethics, Chair

Issues

Specific votes

Senator Boxer voted in favor of TARP.[3] According to a Gallup poll from September 13, 2010, 61% of Americans disapprove of TARP, while 37% approve.[4]

Boxer also supported the stimulus bill.[5] 57% of U.S. voters believe that the stimulus has either hurt the economy (36%) or had no impact (21%). 38% believe the stimulus helped the economy. [6]

In addition, Boxer voted for the health care reform bill.[7] 57% of likely voters at least somewhat favor repeal of the health care reform bill, including 46% who strongly favor repeal. 35% of likely voters oppose repeal. 51% of likely voters believe the health care reform bill will be bad for the country, while 36% believe it will be beneficial. [8]

Finally, Boxer voted against an amendment that would have defunded the Obama Administration's lawsuit against Arizona over its new immigration law.[9] As of July 8, 2010, 56% of U.S. voters were opposed to the Obama Administration's challenge to the Arizona immigration law.[10]

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Boxer voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. The bill was passed in the Senate by a 89/8 vote on January 1, 2013.[11]

Elections

2010

On November 2, 2010, Barbara Boxer won re-election to the United States Senate. She defeated Carly Fiorina (R), Gail Lightfoot (L), Marsha Feinland (P&F), Duane Roberts (G), Edward Noonan (American Independent) and several write-in candidates in the general election.[12]

U.S. Senate, California General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBarbara Boxer incumbent 52.2% 5,218,441
     Republican Carly Fiorina 42.2% 4,217,366
     Libertarian Gail Lightfoot 1.8% 175,242
     Peace and Freedom Marsha Feinland 1.4% 135,093
     Green Duane Roberts 1.3% 128,510
     American Independent Edward Noonan 1.3% 125,441
     Write-in James Harris 0% 41
     Write-in Connor Vlakancic 0% 11
     Write-in Jerry Leon Carroll 0% 10
     Write-in Hans Kugler 0% 5
Total Votes 10,000,160

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Pryor is available dating back to 2004. Based on available campaign finance records, Pryor raised a total of $45,989,839 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 25, 2013.[21]

Barbara Boxer's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2010 US Senate (California) Won $29,331,343
2004 US Senate (California) Won $16,658,496
Grand Total Raised $45,989,839

2010

Breakdown of the source of Boxer's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Boxer won re-election to the U.S. Senate in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Boxer's campaign committee raised a total of $29,331,343 and spent $29,537,796.[22]

His top 5 contributors between 2005-2010 were:

U.S. Senate election, California, 2010 - Barbara Boxer Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $29,331,343
Total Spent $29,537,796
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $21,521,397
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $21,484,825
Top contributors to Barbara Boxer's campaign committee
EMILY's List$368,127
University of California$102,540
Girardi & Keese$92,000
News Corp$79,300
Time Warner$75,150
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Lawyers/Law Firms$2,090,295
Retired$1,433,826
Women's Issues$1,302,265
TV/Movies/Music$985,668
Misc Business$610,142

Endorsements

2012

Boxer endorsed Representative Howard Berman over primary opponent and fellow incumbent Brad Sherman in the District 30 congressional election. She stated, "Because of Brad’s campaign mailing, which outrageously tries to connect you to the San Bruno tragedy, I will no longer stay neutral in this race." This is referring to a 2010 explosion in San Bruno, which resulted in eight deaths, caused by PG&E's failure to maintain their gas line.[23]

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Boxer is a "far-left Democrat" as of June 2013.[24]

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Boxer missed 235 of 6,811 roll call votes from February 1993 to March 2013. This amounts to 3.5%, which is worse than the median of 1.7% among current senators as of March 2013.[25]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Boxer paid her congressional staff a total of $4,412,720 in 2011. She ranked first on the list of the highest paid Democratic Senatorial Staff Salaries and she ranked first overall of the highest paid Senatorial Staff Salaries in 2011. Overall, California ranked first in average salary for senatorial staff. The average U.S. Senate congressional staff was paid $2,529,141.70 in fiscal year 2011.[26]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Boxer's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $1,147,008 and $5,380,000. That averages to $3,263,504, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Senators in 2011 of $20,795,450. Her average net worth decreased by 5.38% from 2010.[27]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Boxer's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $1,267,008 and $5,631,000. That averages to $3,449,004, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Senators in 2010 of $19,383,524 .[28]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

2012

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Boxer ranked 10th in the liberal rankings among U.S. Senators in 2012.[29]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Boxer ranked 5th in the liberal rankings among U.S. Senators.[30]

Voting with party

2013

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Boxer has voted with the Democratic Party 95.5% of the time, which ranked 19th among the 52 Senate Democratic members as of June 2013.[31]

Personal

Boxer and her husband, Stewart, have two children.

Recent news

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External links


References

  1. Biographical Director of the United States Congress "Barbara Boxer," Accessed October 20, 2011
  2. Congressional Quarterly "Senate Committee List" Accessed January 22, 2013
  3. http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=110&session=2&vote=00212
  4. Gallup "Among Recent Bills, Financial Reform a Lone Plus for Congress," September 13, 2010
  5. http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=111&session=1&vote=00061
  6. Rasmussen "38% Say Stimulus Plan Helped Economy, 36% Say It Hurt," August 24, 2010
  7. http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=111&session=1&vote=00396
  8. Rasmussen "61% Favor Repeal of Health Care Law," September 20, 2010
  9. http://senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=111&session=2&vote=00214
  10. http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/current_events/immigration/56_oppose_justice_department_challenge_of_arizona_law_61_favor_similar_law_in_their_state Rasmussen Reports]
  11. U.S. Senate "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  12. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  13. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  14. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998," accessed March 28, 2013
  15. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1992," accessed March 28, 2013
  16. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 6, 1990," accessed March 28, 2013
  17. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 8, 1988," accessed March 28, 2013
  18. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 1986," accessed March 28, 2013
  19. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 6, 1984," accessed March 28, 2013
  20. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 1982," accessed March 28, 2013
  21. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Mark Pryor," Accessed March 25, 2013
  22. Open Secrets "Barbara Boxer 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed October 22 2011
  23. TheHill.com, "Sen. Boxer picks Berman over Sherman", February 21, 2012
  24. Gov Track "Barbara Boxer," Accessed June 7, 2013
  25. GovTrack, "Barbara Boxer," Accessed April 2, 2013
  26. LegiStorm "Barbara Boxer"
  27. OpenSecrets.org, "Boxer, (D-Cali), 2011"
  28. OpenSecrets.org, "Boxer, (D-Cali), 2010"
  29. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 21, 2013
  30. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: Senate," February 23, 2012
  31. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
Political offices
Preceded by
Alan Cranston
U.S. Senate - California
1993-Present
Succeeded by
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