A 1962 graduate of Brooklyn College with a B.S. degree in Economics, Ms. Boxer stepped into the Wall Street scene as a stockbroker and economic researcher. As an award-winning journalist in the 1970s, Ms. Boxer’s special assignment at the Pacific Sun was to report the activities of the County Board of Supervisors. Active in community affairs, she was a founding member of the Marin Economic Corps which provided job training for low-income women, the National Women’s Political Caucus of Marin, and Marin Community Video. After two years as a Congressional Aide to John Burton, Ms. Boxer was elected to the Marin County Board of Supervisors where she was the first woman to ever become its president.
In 1982, Ms. Boxer was elected to represent the Sixth Congressional District. She became known as an effective and strong advocate for women, children, peace and the environment. In 1992, she was elected to the United States Senate.
Barbara Boxer has been honored in Congress by the Consumer Federation of America, the Coalition to Stop Government Waste, Planned Parenthood, the League of Conservation Voters, Public Citizen, Sierra Club, the Center for Environmental Education, the Center for Defense Information and the American Association of University Women. She has been recognized as a champion of Human rights by the Anti-Defamation League, the Human Rights Campaign Fund and the Leadership Council on Civil Rights.