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Senator Barbara Boxer

Senator Boxer is the junior United States Senator from California (since 1993). A member of the Democratic Party, she previously served in the U.S. House of Representatives (1983–1993).

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Boxer graduated from Brooklyn College. She worked as a stockbroker for several years before moving to California with her husband. During the 1970s, she worked as a journalist for the Pacific Sun and as an aide to U.S. Representative John L. Burton. She served on the Marin County Board of Supervisors for six years and became the board's first female president. With the slogan "Barbara Boxer Gives a Damn", she was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1982, representing California District 6. She sat on the House Armed Services Committee, and was involved in government oversight, passing several procurement reforms.

Boxer won the 1992 election for the U.S. Senate. She previously held the record for the most popular votes in any U.S. Senate election in history, having received 6.96 million votes in her 2004 re-election, until her colleague, Dianne Feinstein, the senior Senator from California, surpassed that number in her 2012 re-election.[1] Boxer is the ranking member of the Environment and Public Works Committee and the vice chair of the Select Committee on Ethics. She is also the Democratic Chief Deputy Whip. Although generally identified with San Francisco Bay Area, where her political career began, Boxer now lives in the Coachella Valley, making her, along with John Chiang, the only statewide elected official to live in the Southern half of California.

Boxer currently ranks eleventh in seniority in the United States Senate and became the most senior junior Senator upon the retirement of Tom Harkin in January 2015. She is also currently, dean of the California Congressional Delegation, even if she is the Junior Senator from California, as she spent 10 years as a US Representative for California's 6th district, before moving up to the Senate in 1993.

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Marguerite Cooper

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Karriann Farrell Hinds

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Kimberly Ellis, Executive Director EMERGE CA

Kimberly Ellis is the executive director of Emerge California.  Prior to joining Emerge California, Kimberly worked at the national headquarters, Emerge America, as the National Affiliate Director. In this capacity, Kimberly was responsible for launching new state programs and working with existing affiliates to increase and strengthen program quality, sustainability and growth.

A 2007 Emerge California graduate, Kimberly has personal, firsthand experience with the Emerge program. Passionate about the organization’s mission of inspiring and empowering women to step into political power, Kimberly is committed to helping Emerge California bolster its brand and influence as the program strengthens and expands throughout the state.

Appointed by the Mayor in 2009, Kimberly has also served as a Commissioner for the Community Development Commission in the City of Richmond.

Kimberly holds a B.A. in English from Jacksonville University and a J.D. from the John F. Kennedy School of Law.

 

Hon. Delaine Eastin

   

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