Senator Barbara Boxer Looks Back on More Than Three Decades in Congress

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Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) speaks at an African American Delegates meeting on the first day of the Democratic National Convention July 26, 2004 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

In January 2015, Barbara Boxer surprised California and much of the political world when she announced that she would be retiring from the Senate. A Democratic veteran of Congress for more than thirty years, Boxer entered politics during an era when few women ran for office and even fewer were elected. In her new memoir, "The Art of Tough," Boxer describes her life in politics, starting with her first congressional campaign when she ran with the slogan "Barbara Boxer Gives a Damn." Boxer joins Forum to discuss her book, the state of American politics and life after Congress.



Senator Barbara Boxer, U.S. Senator (D-California); author of "The Art of Tough: Fearlessly Facing Politics and Life"