Boxer to retire from Senate in 2016

Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) announced Jan. 8 that she will not seek re-election to the United States Senate next year.

Boxer, 74, announced her planned retirement in a youtube video where she answered questioned posed by her grandson, Zach Rodman. “I will not be running for the Senate in 2016,” Boxer said.

Until recently, with the Republican takeover of the Senate, Boxer has served as chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, which oversees both the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and the Environmental Protection Agency EPA.

Boxer said that neither her age, “some people are old at 40,” nor the partisan environment in Congress, swayed her decision not to seek another six-year term. Boxer said it was time for her to come home to California.

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