Op-Ed: Sen. Barbara Boxer on leaving the Senate in the era of Donald Trump


By this time next week, another woman will occupy the desk in the U.S. Senate where Barbara Boxer sat for more than 20 years. It’s the same seat once occupied by liberal lions Eugene McCarthy and George McGovern. But it was marching, not sitting, that created Boxer’s big national moment: In 1991, she and several other Congresswomen walked from the House over to the Senate to demand that senators seriously consider Anita Hill’s sexual harassment charges against Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas. Boxer arrived on Capitol Hill during Ronald Reagan’s first term and leaves it as Donald Trump is about to be sworn in as president — an exit that wasn’t quite what she’d expected.

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