Capping a career spanning over three decades in the House of Representatives and Senate, Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) announced today that she will not run for re-election in 2016. The National Jewish Democratic Council hailed Sen. Boxer for her tremendous career, congratulating her on her years of service and vowing to help her achieve her final goals in office over the next two years.
Greg Rosenbaum, chair of the NJDC Board of Directors, stated,
“For years, Sen. Boxer has been a tried and true champion for those who have needed her help the most. Her leadership in the fight for protecting the environment, defending civil rights and standing up for our military has been invaluable. Furthermore, Sen. Boxer’s efforts in ensuring the safety and security of the state of Israel have led to an unparalleled level of cooperation between our two countries. In her final few years in office, we are committed to working with Sen. Boxer to move our shared progressive priorities forward. We have been proud to know that such a remarkable Jewish woman has done so much good for our country, and we applaud Sen. Boxer as she moves towards a well-deserved rest with her family.”
Barbara Goldberg Goldman, executive committee member for the NJDC and co-founder of the NJDC Women’s Leadership Network, stated,
“As one of the only two Jewish women ever elected to the U.S. Senate, Sen. Boxer has been a true role model for Jewish women throughout the world. A true champion for progressive values, we have been proud to fight alongside Sen. Boxer to defend women’s rights, whether it be the right to choose, the right to earn a fair wage or simply the right to stand up without fear of discrimination. As a leading voice in the effort to pass the Violence Against Women Act in 1990, Sen. Boxer proved that she was a force to be reckoned with, and she will continue to be so as she moves out of public office. We have been particularly proud to have the Senator serve as an honorary co-chair in the NJDC’s Women’s Leadership Network, which has done so much to maintain and expand women’s rights and protect the future for our children, grandchildren, and future generations. All of us here at the NJDC and WLN wish Sen. Boxer nothing but the best in this next great journey.”