U.S. Senate (D-CA)
A forceful advocate for families, children, consumers, the environment and her State of California, Barbara Boxer became a United States Senator in January 1993 after 10 years of service in the House of Representatives. She was elected to a second six-year term in 1998 and is running for her third term in 2004.
A strong proponent of immigrant rights and rational visa policies, Boxer supports visas for skilled workers and has backed past measurers doubling the number of high-tech workers eligible for non-immigrant work visas. Furthermore, Boxer has shown a keen interest to better understand the domestic concerns of the Iranian American community. She sent representatives from her office to the Iranian American Bar Association's briefing on Capitol Hill and to Senator Charles Schumer's meeting with the Department of Justice, the Department of State and the Central Intelligence Agency to discuss the regulations that will be applied regarding the implementation of Section 306.
First Elected: 1992
Committees: Commerce, Science and Transportation, Environment and Public Works & Foreign Relations
Prev. Occupation: Journalist
Prev. Political Exp.: Marin Co. Board of Supervisors, 1976-82; US Congress, 1982-92
Education: BA Brooklyn College, 1962