California Senator Barbara Boxer
Barbara Levy Boxer was born on November 11, 1940 in Brooklyn, New York, and is the current junior United State Senator from California. She is a member of the Democratic Party.
She was born to Sophie and Ira Levy and studied through Public schools and graduated in 1958 from George W. Wingate High School. She is of the Jewish Faith; and while still a senior student in Brooklyn College, she got married to Mr. Stewart Boxer in 1962, and graduated the same year with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics (Brody, 1996).
During the early years of her marriage, Senator Barbara Boxer worked as a stockbroker and enabled her husband get through Fordham Law School. Her husband graduated from Fordham Law School and passed the bar exam after which they moved to San Francisco, California where he took up a legal position. The couple has two grown up children, Doug and Nicole, and four grand children (Biography, 2011).
In California, she continued as a stockbroker and later took interest in addressing the dropout rate in high schools in Marin providing dropouts with job training. Success of the program called Education Corps of Marin, prompted the Marin County to adopt it. In 1972, she vied for membership in the Marin County Board of Supervisors. She lost and worked as a journalist with the Pacific Sun. For two years, she was an aide for Congressman and former California Senator, John Burton, after which she again vied for a seat in the Marin County Board of Supervisors and won.
After six years as Supervisor, she was elected as the first female Chairperson, Marin County Board of Supervisors. In 1982, Barbara Boxer won a seat in the United States House of Representatives as a representative for California District 6. While at the House of Representatives, she advocated strongly for human rights, environmental protection, protection of whistleblowers, reforms in US military procurement reforms, airline cabin safety, and took a pro-choice standpoint on abortion debates (Biography, 2011).
After ten years in the House of Representatives, she was elected as Senator for California in November 3, 1992, and currently, still is. She was set to retire from politics in 2004 but chose to run for re-election and won with the highest vote in American history. She has proven to be an aggressive and tireless advocate for liberal causes with emphasis on those affecting families, the environment, peace efforts and human rights. She is the first woman Chairperson of the Committee on Environment and Public Works in the United State Senate, ensured passage of the Water Resources Development Act which had been previously delayed for six years and Chair to the Senate Select Committee on Ethics. She sponsored the California Missions Preservation Act campaign towards quality public education, tax incentives with tax cuts which revitalized the US economy (Brody, 1996).
After the 9/11 terrorist attack on American soil, she advocated for the use of Air marshals on US flights. The Crime Bill passed in 1984, which she supported, achieved the least crime rate in more