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Thursday, January 8, 2015

Senator Barbara Boxer to Retire

Posted By on Thu, Jan 8, 2015 at 11:11 AM

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Hillary Clinton may well be on the ballot in 2016, but the mother-in-law of her brother Tony Rodham won’t be. Senator Barbara Boxer, the four-term junior senator and Clinton relative by marriage, has announced that she will step down at the end of her term.

It was sort of expected that the 74-year-old, Brooklyn-born, 4-foot-11 liberal Democrat would retire after it required some persuasion to hold onto her seat in the Republican wave year of 2010. (That year, she beat former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina by 10 points in a hard-fought race where the two spent a whopping $50 million combined.) Her retirement just might set off a chain-reaction of seat jockeying among state Democrats, starting with Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, and Attorney General Kamala Harris, as they vie for the first open Senate seat in California in over 20 years.

A staunch progressive, Boxer has consistently voted in favor of abortion rights, LGBT rights, gun control, and government surveillance, was one of very few senators to vote against the Iraq War resolution, and led the opposition to drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. And one time, she dressed-down a general who called her “ma’am” instead of “senator.”

Boxer has served in the Senate since 1992 alongside Dianne Feinstein (who is technically California’s senior senator, although the two were elected at the same time). Before that, she represented a congressional district that covered much of Marin and Sonoma Counties for five terms. If your memory doesn’t stretch back that far, she also made a cameo on Curb Your Enthusiasm where she admitted keeping pants a dry cleaner had returned to her by mistake.

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