Quotes by: Barbara Boxer

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Barbara Boxer
United States Senator
from California
In office
January 3, 1993 – January 3, 2017
Preceded by Alan Cranston
Succeeded by Kamala Harris
Ranking Member of the Senate Environment Committee
In office
January 3, 2015 – January 3, 2017
Preceded by David Vitter
Succeeded by Tom Carper
Chair of the Senate Environment Committee
In office
January 3, 2007 – January 3, 2015
Preceded by Jim Inhofe
Succeeded by Jim Inhofe
Chair of the Senate Ethics Committee
In office
January 3, 2007 – January 3, 2015
Preceded by George Voinovich
Succeeded by Johnny Isakson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 6th district
In office
January 3, 1983 – January 3, 1993
Preceded by Phillip Burton
Succeeded by Lynn Woolsey
Personal details
Born Barbara Levy
(1940-11-11) November 11, 1940 (age 76)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Stewart Boxer
Children 2
Education Brooklyn College (BA)
Website Senate website

Since 1980, we've used reconciliation 22 times, and out of those times, Republicans used it 16 times. So, earth to my Republican friends, you can have your option but you cannot change these facts. They're in the Congressional Record.
Barbara Boxer
I was a stock broker once. I think there is an absolute place for market investments. But they should never be the basis of one's retirement. They should be an additional piece on top of a basic, secure, guaranteed retirement benefit.
Barbara Boxer
You know, I wish the world well. I want Iraq to have democracy and the Haitians to have democracy. I want the people of Afghanistan to thrive. Lord knows, we spend enough money there to help them. What about people at home? Isn't that our first responsibility?
Barbara Boxer
Medical professionals, not insurance company bureaucrats, should be making health care decisions.
Barbara Boxer
Iraq made commitments after the Gulf War to completely dismantle all weapons of mass destruction, and unfortunately, Iraq has not lived up to its agreement.
Barbara Boxer
If we turn our back on the people of this country who need to work for a living, we shouldn't be here, to be honest, because that has to be an essential part of what we do to protect the country, from the standpoint of defense, protect workers and make sure they have jobs.
Barbara Boxer
I think Democrats are right. We fight for the American dream, for the environment, for privacy rights, a woman's right to choose, a good public education system.
Barbara Boxer
I would love to see a march on Washington that says 'Save our Social Security'.
Barbara Boxer
We have the greatest hospitals, doctors, and medical technology in the world - we need to make them accessible to every American.
Barbara Boxer
Those who survived the San Francisco earthquake said, 'Thank God, I'm still alive.' But, of course, those who died, their lives will never be the same again.
Barbara Boxer
It is in Saudi Arabia's best interest to allow women to fully participate in its society, and this includes the right to vote and run for office.
Barbara Boxer
I know from my constituency what is going on. Doctors that are told, begged, by mothers, 'Please don't write down that my child as asthma. Please lie and say it's bronchitis, because if you write down asthma, when my child turns 18 or 20 and has to get his or her own insurance, it will be a pre-existing condition.'
Barbara Boxer
Really, life is complicated enough without having a bunch of Senators deciding what we should do in the privacy of our own homes.
Barbara Boxer
Tonight, you are hearing from the Democratic women of the Senate... We stand together on so many issues: economic prosperity, quality education for all, protecting a woman's right to choose.
Barbara Boxer
We need to give the Iraqis a chance to build their own future. It should be in their hands. It must be in their hands. That is what democracy is all about. We can teach it, we can explain it, but they must want it enough to make it work for them.
Barbara Boxer
If you don't move to protect copyright, if you don't move to protect our children, it's not going to sit well.
Barbara Boxer
More than anything, I think as our country matures, we recognize that women deserve to be treated with respect and dignity.
Barbara Boxer
Americans have long recognized the need to protect our public lands and their vast resources.
Barbara Boxer
Our democracy is the centerpiece of who we are as a nation. And it is the fondest hope of all Americans that we can help bring democracy to every corner of the world.
Barbara Boxer
Every citizen of this country should be guaranteed that their vote matters, that their vote is counted, and that in the voting booth, their vote has a much weight as that of any CEO, any member of Congress, or any President.
Barbara Boxer
I would not run for president. I really like what I'm doing now. People say I'm giving them energy and hope.
Barbara Boxer
When service members are discharged, we should express our gratitude for their profound personal sacrifice, not hand them a bill for their hospital food.
Barbara Boxer
When you take a stand out of deep conviction, people know. They may not even agree, but they ask, 'Do I want someone who is willing to take a hard stand and someone I can trust to do that when the chips are down?' They want that.
Barbara Boxer
We have fought for social justice. We have fought for economic justice. We have fought for environmental justice. We have fought for criminal justice. Now we must add a new fight - the fight for electoral justice.
Barbara Boxer
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