Sen. Boxer will not run for reelection (video)

Screen grab from Boxer video

Sen. Barbara Boxer announced today that she will not seek another term in 2016. “I am beyond proud that the people of California have believed in me all these years,” Boxer, 74, said in an announcement video posted to her campaign website. She spoke to her grandson, Zach Rodham. "I will not be running for the Senate in 2016….I want to come home." She says she will work to keep the seat in progressive hands.

Let the derby to replace Boxer begin. Former mayor Antonio Villaraigosa recently said he would prefer to be governor, but that leaves a list of potential candidates that includes Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and Attorney General Kamala Harris.

Boxer and Sen. Dianne Feinstein were both elected to the Senate in 1992, the first time that a state elected two women as Senators. Boxer was elected to Congress from Northern California ten years earlier.

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