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Barbara Boxer Biography

Former US Senator (D-CA)
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Can Alternative Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?"

“[T]here is growing evidence of the damage done by the continued use of fossil fuels. I’m pleased to let you know that the Senate recently passed an energy tax incentive package to address these soaring prices and to provide cleaner and more secure sources of energy.

The energy package overwhelmingly passed the Senate as an amendment to H.R.3221, the Foreclosure Prevention Act of 2008. I strongly supported this amendment, which would provide or extend incentives for companies and individuals to develop and use alternative and renewable energy technologies. It includes incentives to boost production of wind energy, solar energy, and cellulosic ethanol. The amendment also contains incentives to build energy-efficient homes, use energy-efficient technologies in existing homes, install energy-efficient appliances, and purchase hybrid cars…

This legislation is an important step in the ongoing effort to lead America away from our dangerous dependence on oil…”

“Senator Boxer: Working for Clean Energy,”, April 21st 2008

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Founder, PAC For A Change
  • US Senator (D-CA), Jan. 1993-2017
  • Former Senior member, Senate Foreign Relations Committee
  • Vice Chair, Senate Select Committee on Ethics, 2015-2017
  • Chief Deputy Whip, 2005-2017
  • Chairperson, Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, 2007–2015
  • Chairperson, Senate Ethics Committee, 2007–2015
  • Founder, Senate Military Family Caucus, 2010
  • Member, US House of Representatives, Jan. 1983-Jan. 1993
  • President, Marin County Board of Supervisors, 1980
  • Board member, Marin County Board of Supervisors, 1977-1983
  • Congressional Aide, 1974-1976
  • Journalist and Associate Editor, Pacific Sun newspaper, 1972-1974
  • Stockbroker/Economic Researcher, Wall Street securities firm, 1962-1965
  • BA, Economics, Brooklyn College, 1962

Twitter handle: @BarbaraBoxer

Selection of Awards:

  • Recipient, Legislator of the Year, ALLIANCE for Regenerative Medicine, 2014
  • Recipient, Champion in Congress for Army Women, Army Women’s Foundation, 2014
  • Recipient, Legislative Leader Award, Humane Society of the United States, 2008, 2010, 2011, and 2013
  • Recipient, Distinguished Community Health Advocate award, National Association of Community Health Centers, 2013
  • Recipient, Fearless Trailblazer Award, Feminist Majority, 2012
  • Recipient, Distinguished Community Health Defender Award, National Association of Community Health Centers, 2012
  • Recipient, YMCA Congressional Champion, YMCA, 2012
  • Recipient, Nightingale Award, Nurse Alliance, 2011
  • Recipient, Public Service Award, American College of Nurse-Midwives, 2010
  • Recipient, ELI Service Award, Entertainment Leadership Initiative / Grammy Foundation, 2010
  • Recipient, Phil Burton Badge of Courage Award, The Sierra Club – San Francisco Bay Chapter, 2010
  • Recipient, John H. Chafee Congressional Environmental Award, Association of American Railroads, 2008
  • Recipient, Woman of the Year, Women’s Image Network, 2006
  • Recipient, Champion for Children Award, California Children’s Hospital, 2006
  • Recipient, Leadership Award, National Foundation for Women Legislators, 2005
Quoted in:
  1. Should the United States Authorize the Keystone XL Pipeline to Import Tar Sand Oil from Canada?