Senator Barbara Boxer has served the people of California with distinction for several decades. Her career in public service began on the Marin County Board of Supervisors, she went on to the House of Representatives in 1983, and then the U.S. Senate in 1993. Senator Boxer announced her retirement last week, which will cap four terms in the Senate. I just wanted to take a moment to thank her for her many years of dedicated service to the people of California.
She has been a fierce advocate for families, women's rights, children, the environment, transportation and infrastructure, and Californians. Some of Senator Boxer's achievements include passing the Water Resources Development Act, the first-ever federal funding for afterschool programs, many laws championing parks and national monuments, and laws protecting children from dangerous toys, lead and other chemicals. She has also been a leader in efforts to improve America's infrastructure and transportation systems.
I have the utmost respect for how Senator Boxer has always been a fighter for Californians, and Los Angeles in particular. When we were working to make the Crenshaw-LAX light-rail line a reality, she was there for us and helped us find the federal funding to make it happen. The Crenshaw/LAX line represents the largest public works investment in South Los Angeles in history, and will deliver real benefits to a disadvantaged community.
As she put it, Senator Boxer "will never retire from fighting for the issues that matter." I look forward to what she does next for California, as I know it will be inspirational.