- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 8, 2015

Sen. Barbara Boxer, a liberal champion and California Democrat, announced Thursday she will not seek re-election in 2016, ending a combative career that saw her become one of the country’s chief progressive champions.

“I am never going to retire. The work is too important. But I will not be running for the Senate in 2016,” she said in a YouTube video. “I’m going to continue working on the issues I love.”

Late last year Mrs. Boxer shot down rumors of an impending resignation, calling them bizarre. But on Thursday she confronted the rumors in the video, which she taped with her grandson playing the role of a reporter inquiring about her plans, and said she’s had enough and wants to spend more time in California.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, a fellow California Democrat, called the announcement “a real loss.”

Mrs. Boxer will finish out her fourth term.

She is the top Democrat on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, though thanks to the GOP’s new majority she lost the chairmanship this week.

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