Senator Barbara Boxer

State California
Party Democratic
Term 4th
Commitees Environment and Public Works (Chair); Commerce, Science, and Transportation, Foreign Relations, Senate Select Committee on Ethics (Chair)
Quote "Drilling along California’s vulnerable coastline threatens our public health, marine resources, and economy, especially our state’s critically important tourism, fishing and recreation industries."


Leadership: Keenly aware of the importance of healthy coasts and oceans to the economy and lifestyles of California, Senator Barbara Boxer is an acknowledged leader in protecting ocean ecosystems. Senator Boxer has been a steadfast opponent of oil and gas development off the California coast and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, repeatedly blocking such efforts. She introduced the Gulf of the Farallones and Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuaries Boundary Modification and Protection Act and worked to promote the recovery of salmon populations. Senator Boxer wrote the comprehensive National Oceans Protection Act and has led efforts to address global warming and create millions of clean energy jobs.

Senator Boxer has earned a reputation as a champion on protecting our environment. She chairs the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and is the first woman in Senate history to do so. Throughout her career, Senator Boxer has fought to protect California’s spectacular coast, mountains, deserts, rivers and forests to preserve them for future generations.

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